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Love Too Big


20 May 2024

By Nelda Kerr

Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:29–31

[From Of Water and Spirit Devotions and Activities, Herald Publishing House, 2016, p. 14]

You Are Loved

My song is from my heart
and though I long to start
a love that dares to be so real,
I’m a little scared, I feel unprepared, undeclared,
Unaware

So, if my voice isn’t quite steady,
It’s because I’m not sure if I’m ready
To share a love too big for words,
To care for you so much it hurts
To dare to shout in a silent church
Of the radical love I’ve found

It’s not a can’t touch the ground
Kind of love,
Or an eloquent, profound
Kind of love,
It’s a barely makes a sound
Kind of love that
Dwells in the mystery,
Gives way to simplicity,
And sparks a light deep within me

And though that spark is small,
It will grow to be
Alive in such divinity
If you would only sing with me!
And together we will grow to see
The beauty of true community

When “me” becomes “we”
When harmony grows from melody
We will love so radically
We’re gonna need
A microphone, a megaphone, a mountain
To declare the hope that is found in
A love we can all share.

My hope is that you dare
To abandon despair
And begin to repair
The brokenness found in
The fear I was bound in
Until I discovered something new:
The song in me met the song in you!
Love is something we have to do!

And so I bring my song to you
In hopes that we’ll sing something true,
That our generation will grow to be
The change that our world needs to see
A declaration of generosity
Shaking foundations of animosity,
And saying yes to a call
That runs deep within us all.

Though it may start small,
You have to let it move you.
Let it breathe and improve you
So that you may be one with
The mystery
Saying, “I am me” authentically.

That’s Gandhi, King, and Kennedy,
But it can be me and you
If we choose to believe!
And I believe in you.

I believe you have so much more
And so if my feet fall to the floor,
You leave your seat,
You walk out the door
And carry with you nothing more,
Let these words rise above:
You are loved,
you are loved,
You are loved.

Let my voice, soft and sweet,
Or loud in the busy city street
Echo these words on repeat, may they always rise above:
You are loved,
You are loved,

You are loved.

Prayer Phrase

“What can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Spiritual Practice

Breathe Hope

Find a quiet space where you can sit without distractions. Light a candle. Take a few deep breaths, allowing your body to relax with each exhale. As you breathe, let go of any tension or worries you may be holding onto. Take notice of the way the flame dances and flickers, casting light and shadow in the room. As you observe the flame, imagine it symbolizing the spark of hope within you. With each breath, imagine the flame growing brighter and stronger. Visualize this light spreading throughout your body, filling you with a sense of hope and positivity. Take a moment to express gratitude for the blessings in your life, no matter how small they may seem.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

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