I marveled that it could last, for it was so little that it could suddenly have become nothing. I was answered in my understanding, “It lasts and ever shall, for God loves it.” And so everything has being by the love of God.
In this little thing I saw three properties. The first is that God made it, the second that God loves it, and the third that God keeps it. But what did I behold there? Truly, the Maker, the Keeper, the Lover. For until I am substantially united to God, I may never have full rest nor true bliss.
—Upper Room Spiritual Classics: Writings of Julian of Norwich, Edited by Keith Beasley-Topliffe (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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We have known and have believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who remain in love remain in God and God remains in them.
—1 John 4:16 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
God, our Maker, Lover, and Keeper,
Thank you for the everlasting love you have for all you have made.
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