You Are Loved

June 7, 2017

 

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, one poem became synonymous with the feelings of restlessness being experienced by many Americans. The war in Vietnam was at the forefront of the news, and a culture of reflection and contemplation was slowly emerging.

 

The poem is entitled “Desiderata,” and it was written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann. Here are some of its verses:

 

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste,

and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,

be on good terms with all persons…

 

“You are a child of the universe,

no less than the trees and the stars;

you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,

no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”

 

Since the beginning of mankind, we have longed to find purpose for our existence. In a world which never cared what an ordinary person thought, said, or did, we have yearned to know that someone cared.

 

Then along came Jesus Christ.

 

For thousands of years, people worshipped gods of various forms and descriptions. In this connectedness with something outside themselves, the ancients sought, but rarely found, real meaning in their lives.

 

Then along came Jesus Christ.

 

“For God so loved the world,” He proclaimed, “that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NIV).

 

Jesus, the Son of God, became one of us and then died for us. “Greater love has no one,” He said, “than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13, NIV). Then He proved His words by His actions, and He showed us His love by His blood.

 

And we were healed (1 Peter 2:24).

 

If you ever feel that your life has no meaning or purpose, please remember that you are far more than just a speck of cosmic dust or some placeholder in the universe.

 

You are a child of the Most High God.

 

You have infinite worth in the eyes of the Almighty.

 

And you are loved.

 

-- Dr. John Morris

 

 

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