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Love Lifted Me

"In this is love, not that we loved God, but that [God] loved us..." (1 John 4:10).

Have you ever wondered where the capacity to love comes from?  I'll give you a hint: it's not from Hallmark of the flower shop or the candy store.  Love is from God-- the motivation behind God's creative activity.  It was out of love that God created the universe and all that is within it.  It was out of love that God created you and me.  It was out of love that Jesus went to the cross.  It was out of love that Jesus was raised from the dead.  It is out of love that God calls us to the community of believers, the church.  It is out of love that God gives us the things we have: a home, fulfilling work, family, income, and everything else.  The perfect love of God-- offered to us with no strings attached.

Every year at this weekend I rail against Valentine's Day, but I am not going to this year.  Maybe it is because we've had five snow/ice days this month and I …