Yes, He Loves Us
“Oh, how He loves us, oh! Oh, how He loves us, how He loves all!” How He Loves by David Crowder Band
The above lyrics are from one of my favorite songs. It is a great reminder of how God is constantly showing His great love for each of us. While so many times I forget this, God just continues to hit me over the head with a 2 by 4 reminding me just how much He loves me, loves each of us. Being on this walk is I’ve noticed it all the more. I would be lying if I said this walk was a walk in the park because it’s not. However, whenever I (and the rest of the group for that matter) need it most, God makes His love revealed all the more to encourage us to keep going. This past week is full of examples. A couple people from our group had gone shopping at Walmart before napping in the RV. They realized later that they had forgotten a few things and had to go back in. When they went back in, they ran into a few people who had heard of Crossroads (the conversation started because of the Pro Life shirt). They offered us showers, a cooler place to nap at their house, and for day shift to stay the night at their house. It was great! A couple nights later we were trying to find a place to stay for the night but not having much luck. A man had been in contact with us, trying to meet up with our group. He got us permission to park in a Church parking lot. While there, we found the priest who let us into the parish hall to do dishes and cook dinner. He ended up fixing us some amazing zucchini and offering to have day shift stay in the parish hall. However, a group of people came with the man who had been in contact with us and one of them offered their house for showers and sleeping. While I was on night shift and didn’t get to stay, I know day shift really appreciated it!
While God has been revealing His love to us in absolutely incredible ways, it’s not always through seemingly good things that God has been revealing His love. Through finding different sacrifices to offer up, like blisters and sore muscles, for the unborn and others we have promised to pray for, we are able to unite our sufferings to that of Christ and be able to see His love at work in our journey all the more. That is the beautiful thing about love- it is not always as pretty and happy as our society makes it out to be. The perfect love was poured out in the sufferings of the cross and glory of the resurrection. That is the same sacrificial love we are trying to imitate this summer. And as we strive to unite our sufferings with that of Christ, others make sacrifices that show us that same love as well. These sacrifices build up the Chuch on that foundation of love that Christ so willingly offered on Calvary and continues to show us every single day. It is simply up to us to ask for the grace to see that love- in whatever form it may come.
Central Walk 2011