Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you (Jeremiah 31:3).
Sometimes I will stand still, deliberately, and throw my arms out to my sides and say, “Pour out your love on me, Lord, I need your love right this minute!” He is only too happy to comply. I close my eyes and throw my head back, and I can feel Him throw His arms around me and rub His cheek alongside mine. I then can walk away fulfilled as I know I am loved by the grandest love in the whole universe. I can hold out my arms to Him, even as a spiritual child, and He loves me like any parent loves their baby. He never pushes me away nor tells me He’s too busy for me. Never. He tells me I can come visit Him anytime I want, and he will never turn me away.
The Church must get over its dismal outlook of God and His feelings for us. He loves us, pure and simple. He created us so that He could love us. To pretend that we have to earn His love is preposterous. We don’t have to earn credits or obey any rules except to love. We work because our work is our expression of love for Him. Did you know that the work you do on this earth is actually a form of worship?
Another form of loving Jesus, or worshiping Him, that I like to do is to sing the old songs to Him. The thirties had some fabulous love songs. For instance, the one following is one that makes me see Him all day long. He likes having His Presence be loved and appreciated.
I’ll be seeing You in all the old, familiar places
that this heart of mine embraces
all day through.
In the small café,
the park across the way,
the children’s carousel,
the chestnut tree,
the wishing well.
I’ll be seeing You in every lovely summer’s day,
in everything that’s bright and gay,
I’ll always think of You that way.
I’ll find You in the morning sun,
and when the night is new,
I’ll be looking at the moon,
but I’ll be seeing You.