Saturday, April 23, 2016

God's Love Endures Forever

Last night, my husband and I went to our first Seder. The Seder is the Passover dinner when Jewish people celebrate the exodus from Egypt. It was a very meaningful ceremony where every element represents some aspect of God's deliverance of his people from their oppressors. 

I think my favourite part of all was when the leader called out something that God has done for his people, and everyone repeats after each line, "God's love endures forever." 

How powerful to hear those words called out again and again! God's love endures forever. Whatever we are facing right now, we can always count on God's love. Whatever battle that Satan appears to be winning, God's love endures forever. He will never leave us and He will never forsake us. His love endures forever. However unlovable we feel, God's love endures forever. 

The Jewish people were told to keep repeating the same stories of God's deliverance to their children over and over again. "When you are going out, when you are going in."

And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the LORD your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, his stretched out arm, And his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst of Egypt ...

Therefore shall ye lay up these words in your heart and your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand ... And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Deuteronomy 11: 2-3b, 18-19

We need to keep repeating this word to ourselves, to our children and to each other. It's not enough to hear it once. We need to keep hearing it and reminding ourselves: that God's love is always there. His love is the one thing we can count on. He loves us now, and He always will. 

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