I had the joy of speaking at our little church this past Sunday and, because I got to choose the text, I focused on 1 John 4:7-19. I talked about the love of God that we are made from and for - the love of God that abides in us and invites us to abide in it.
Before all of that, though, I shared the video below of the children's book, "Sidewalk Flowers," by JonArno Lawson. I told the congregation how flowers - particularly wildflowers - are a symbol, for me, of God's love. I told them to pay attention to the use of color in the book, to pay attention to the flowers. I told them we can be like that little girl - carrying, gathering and sharing the love of God.
Maybe you need a gentle reminder?
You are loved by God - this is who you are - God's loved child. God's love is in you, like a seed, just waiting to unfurl, to sink roots down deep, to grow you up into your one and only vocation as one who loves and is loved.
May you carry love with you today.
May you gather and spread the love of God wherever you go.