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Day 22: Dare to Be Loved


“God loves who we really are, whether we like it or not" (Brennan Manning)

Dare to believe it

Dare to not believe it

Which one?

Easier to not believe~

When I don't feel it

When my emotions tell me the opposite

But God Said it~

Whether we like it or not!

I ask you

I ask myself

What Brennan Manning~

A priest

Turned Alcoholic

Lost in the streets

Lost in himself...

asked...

“Do you believe that the God of Jesus loves you beyond worthiness and unworthiness, beyond fidelity and infidelity—that He loves you in the morning sun and in the evening rain

—that He loves you when your intellect denies it, your emotions refuse it, your whole being rejects it? (Brennan Manning, All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir)

Dare to believe it

Brennan did

and

God loved him

in his lostness

God loved him

back together

because he is

God's child...

like you

like me~

Lost

when we

Dare not to believe

Found

when we

Dare to believe it

Loved

by the

One

Who is

Love,

Who

Loves

just because

that is

what

He does

because

that is

Who

He is!

Dare to believe it

"Do you believe that God loves without condition or reservation and loves you this moment as you are and not as you should be?"

Well

He does.

Dare to accept

His Love

no matter

what you are feeling

no matter

what you are seeing

no matter

what you are thinking.

To wake up

with a smile on your face

just because

the

One Who matters

says

you matter

and that is all that

matters.

God loves who we really are

Why?

Because

Love is an actioin

Love covers all

because

God is love

Jesus is love in action

because

He is

A Savior of

boundless compassion

infinite patience

unbearable forgiveness

and

Love

that keeps no score of wrongs." ("Abba's Child")

Brennan said this

Brennan lived this

because

Brennan

Dared to believe

in the infinite

Love

of the

One

Who

Loved you at first sight.

Dare to believe it?

Let's

take the challenge

and

Put On

His infinite Love

just as I am,

not a I should be

because

God dares to love you.


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