By Conference Minister Diane Weible
I heard a sermon when I was a child that sticks with me to this day. It was the morning of our Christmas Cantata when I was in eighth grade. Usually on Christmas Cantata Sundays the minister does not preach but that year he did.
Our minister stepped up in the pulpit and arranged his papers carefully and looked out at the congregation. And, he said:
God is Love.
Then, he turned around, stepped down from the pulpit, and sat down.
It wasn’t the first time I heard someone say those words. But, it was the first time I heard them so simply stated from the pulpit in a worship service during the time when we are anticipating the word of God. Obviously, it had an impact. It still does.
God is Love.
When the rain outside mirrors the gloominess we feel inside, God is Love.
When we want so desperately to have an authentic conversation but political differences divide, God is Love.
When we become infuriated because a reckless driver cuts us off in traffic, God is Love.
When a loved one dies and their presence continues to surround us each day, God is Love.
When broken relationships causes us so much pain, God is Love.
No matter what happens in our life; no matter how hard our circumstance; no matter how deep our joy, God is Love.
Need we say more?