Recently I was listening to two young high school girls who were working at McDonald's. They were in the booth behind me and I could hear their conversation about how both of their fathers weren’t present in their lives. They had just been to parties and had done things where one couldn't even remember who she was with the night before. I thought, “How sad! They don't really understand what love is, and they certainly don't understand what unconditional love is. They don't understand the kind of love that comes from the heart of God, from the fatherhood of God.”
Paul writes, “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Nothing can separate us from God’s love—not the virus, or our vaccinations, the status of the economy, or our kids—none of that! All of those things can be distractions to our ability to bask in the love of God. God’s love changes us when we experience it. It takes away insecurities and gives us the confidence that comes from understanding and feeling the very love of God. We cannot help but be swept up by this incredible God who says, “Come to me all you who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” In this busy time of Christmas and New Year's, open your heart and your hands and allow God's love to flow in.