Day One: God Loves the World, No Exceptions

On this first day of your holy adventure, we begin with the basics – our relationship with God, the Holy Adventurer. How you imagine the ultimate reality will shape what you expect from yourself and the world. What kind of world do we live in? Is God on our side or against us? Does God want us to have abundant life or does God want us to remain passive and subservient, living by scarcity?

Perhaps the best known passage from scripture is John 3:16, “for God so loved the world that God gave his only begotten Child.” One of my teachers, Bernard Loomer, judged spiritual insights by their size, that is, how much of the world they embraced. As you ponder your vision of God, consider the questions: Is your vision of God big enough to encompass the fourteen billion year, hundred billion galaxy cosmic adventure? Is your understanding of God big enough to encompass the complexities of your life as well as the neighbor and the stranger? Does your image of God encourage you to grow in stature or does it diminish your love for the world in its wonderful diversity?

As a new year’s affirmation, make a vow to have the mind the Christ or the spirit of the Bodhisattva, embracing each moment and each person in the holy here and now of God’s adventurous love.

Affirm throughout this day statements such as:
God loves the world – no exceptions.
God loves me.
I am God’s beloved child. God wants me to be creative and adventurous.
God loves ________. (a family member, neighbor, political or national opponent.)

Living with these statements will change your life and the change the world.

Throughout the day, take a moment to pause and notice the persons you meet – the bank teller, check out person, a colleague at work, or the driver who cuts you off on the road. Pause to experience your partner, child, or friend with new eyes as God’s beloved son or daughter. See them loved by God. Take off your shoes; this is holy ground. Take a moment to bless them with God’s all-encompassing love.

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About Bruce Epperly

Bruce Epperly is a theologian, spiritual guide, and Pastor of South Congregational United Church of Christ, Centerville (Cape Cod), Massachusetts. He is the author of twenty five books, including Process Theology: A Guide to the Perplexed, Philippians: An Interactive Bible Study,The Center is Everywhere: Celtic Spirituality for the Postmodern Age, and Emerging Process: Adventurous Theology for a Missional Church. He also writes regularly for the Process and Faith lectionary. He has served as chaplain, professor, and administrator at Georgetown University, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Wesley School of Theology, and Claremont School of Theology. He may be reached at drbruceepperly@aol.com for lectures, workshops, and retreats. His latest book is Healing Marks: Healing and Spirituality in Mark’s Gospel (Energion).


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