Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

December 15, 2011

Emily Harriman

Sophomore, Psychology Major

Is 52:1-10
Ps 30:2 and 4, 5-6, 11-12a and 13b
Lk 7:24-30

"'Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,' says the LORD, who has compassion on you." –Isaiah 54:10

This is the verse that stood out to me the most in today’s readings.  God’s love never ceases to amaze me.  There are plenty of verses to remind us of God’s unfailing love for us.  We aren’t even worthy of the love and compassion he shows us daily.  We sin and make mistakes, fall from faith and disobey, but God still has this unconditional love for every single one of us.  It is staggering to me that God could never love us less; he can only love us more.

God’s love is sometimes very hard to grasp because it is so infinite.  I was recently at a youth conference in Kansas City and the speaker was talking of God’s love for us.  Maybe you’ve heard the story, but the speaker showed us a video of a story about a son and a father.  The son had severe cerebral palsy and because of this was also a quadriplegic and could not talk.  When technology advanced and the doctors hooked up his brain to a computer, he expressed to his father that his dream was to compete in marathons.  Because his father loved him so much, he made his son’s dreams come true by pushing him in a wheelchair, running behind him, in over 60 marathons and races and still continues to do so.  The son’s ultimate dream was to complete in an iron man competition, so of course the father trained for this as well. He pulled him in an inflatable boat while swimming, pushed him in a cart while biking, and pushed him in his wheel chair while running.  This is an ultimate kind of love, but does not even begin to compare to God’s love for us. (If you are interested in seeing the video, youtube “My Redeemer Lives – Team Hoyt”.)

God is like the father in the story in a lot of ways.  He pulls us along when we need encouragement, he carries us when we can’t carry on ourselves, and he pushes us to new limits so we can trust in him.  He does this for us not because we deserve what he has done, but because he loves us a crazy awesome amount that we can’t even comprehend. Let us remind ourselves of God’s infinite love every day. 

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