THE ASSURANCE that I am personally known, accepted, and loved by God has not come easily to me. But over the years, as I immerse myself in Gospel stories like the one with Mary, I have grasped the importance of asking God to give me an awareness of this love, not only in my head but also in my heart. Frederick Buechner writes, “If you have never known the power of God’s love, then maybe it is because you have never asked to know it—I mean really asked, expecting an answer.” Almost each day I find myself asking God to open my eyes that I may see the beams of resurrection love around me in the events and experiences of my daily life. By doing this, I have gradually discovered that our belovedness can become an inner knowing that fills our whole lives.
Hope Beyond Your Tears: Experiencing Christ’s Healing Love
From page 49 of Hope Beyond Your Tears: Experiencing Christ’s Healing Love by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!”
—John 20:16, NRSV
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