I don’t think anyone can go through life without the experience of unrequited love. From the childhood crush, the teenage heartache to adult life stories everyone at some point loves someone who does not love them in return. Songs, poems, novels, movies and lives are full of these stories. It is certainly a painful experience.
This Advent we are looking at God’s intense, passionate, aching love for us. Yet love, if it is real love, can also be rejected.
God’s unrequited love can be dramatically viewed as Jesus, the One and Only, weeps over Jerusalem. He weeps for what they have rejected, and he weeps for what is to come. He uses touching imagery to reveal his own heart.
Again, in the verses that inspired Lord of the Dance, Jesus tells them that even though God played music they would not dance and even though he played sad songs they would not weep.
God so loved, offers an embrace, a dance, a song, but it is met with rejection. God knows the pain of unrequited love. For all our sakes, this does not stop him as you will see next week.
Work well today,
© Geoff Shattock December 2019
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