by Bob Hunter
The Helpless God
The love of God is a rich and wonderful reality to be able to take in as much as humanly possible. The good news, of course, is that God’s love is limitless so we are able to drink from that well of living water for our entire lives. This love/water is for all of us and it really does not matter who we are, what we’ve done or haven’t done, what our family tree looks like, what friends we keep, who we hang with, what we’re struggling with, the amount of money we control or don’t control, etc.
God’s love, freely available for each one of us, is nourishing, liberating, forgiving, empowering, trusting, and understanding. As a pastor, this is one of the themes that I attempt to bring into every phase of my work. I remember one day, out of the blue, a parishioner asked me, “Pastor, what is the hardest job you have?” Even though I had never been asked this question before, I cannot explain my response, but it came out of my mouth immediately. I told him, to my astonished ears, “Trying to convince people that God loves them unconditionally.” And frankly, that’s still true. That God just cannot help loving us is of those attributes of God’s nature/character that is almost impossible to take in fully.
I take it in at least in part in the love I share with Dawn, my wife. She is now a resident in a facility being cared for as she makes adjustments to her disease of Alzheimer’s. In my daily visits when I give her a kiss I will say, “I just can’t help it!” Every time, so far, she is able to respond with a laugh and “yes.”
I have now even adapted these words into God’s vocabulary. When I feel unloved by God, I imagine God saying to me, “Bob, I just can’t help it!” And you, friend reading this, God is saying to you, “I just can’t help it!”
During the Forty Days of Lent, we will offer daily meditations from All Saints Church. Today’s is written by Bob Hunter, Part-time Congregational Development and Volunteer Ministry Coordinator.