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In all of God’s magnificence and mercy, we see all around us, mirrors of His eternal goodness and love, in our families, from our friends, and from strangers even.
But let us not forget that even in Paradise Adam and Eve’s tranquil lives were disturbed by the serpent. So if it happened in Paradise, what more in this world we live in?
There are people like Mother Teresa who grace this earth and share God’s love to the unlovable despite the selfishness, cruelty and chaos all around us. Perhaps, they are really angels sent to live with us as humans to remind us that there is a God who loves us unconditionally.
And there are also those who in their pain forget that they are God’s favored children and may get distracted and succumb to the temptation to be like gods, and in the process lose themselves to be tangled forever in the abyss of blackness where there is no possibility of leaving.
Somewhere in this world, there are people so afraid of being controlled, of being unwanted, unloved. They hide behind the wall of superiority. Averse to rules, they make their own to suite their needs. Feeling no compassion for others, they rationalize that they are bored and need to entertain themselves by playing with people. Fantasizing killing people they like, dislike and even those they don’t know to feed their need to sow chaos.
The need to manipulate and to control when we are scared. We are all guilty of that at some point. I am. I forget that I am a beloved child of God. And I need to remind myself of the basic precept. That We are SACRED. We are all created in the likeness of God. He loves us so much, He sent His only begotten Son to save us.
He has great plans for us. According to Jeremiah 29:11New International Version (NIV)
1 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
God’s forgiveness has no bound and His mercy is everlasting. He loves us so much to leave us in darkness.
To you dear brother or sister, I pray that the Holy Spirit will touch your heart, open the eyes of your mind and give you courage to say no to the disturbance of your scared soul, that you will have the fortitude to control your urge to go wayward and that you will say yes only to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
You are loved even before you were born. You belong to the family of God. You are not alone.