Dave Brisbin 5.10.20
Mothers’ Day. This pandemic and lockdown has pulled the veneer of so many of our fears in just the past two months, it raises the question: why so many of us who know God loves them are still experiencing so much fear? Did we miss a memo somewhere? A woman once told me she knew God loved her, but wondered how she could know if God liked her. May sound silly at first, that if God loves us, doesn’t that include liking? Or does liking even matter in the face of love? But I think that question lies at the heart of our fears. Liking is about affection, taking delight and pleasure in, a desire to be with, a playful attention that our ideas of love may not include. Love can mean many things and remain more or less invisible, but liking is experienced directly and emotionally. It is like a mother’s love as opposed to a father’s. Both are necessary to our growth, but mother’s unconditional acceptance and genuine pleasure in our presence is the key to it all.

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1John tells us that perfect love casts out fear. But we won’t know the love we have is perfect until we know that God as lover also likes us, can’t wait to see us, loves us as much as mother as he does as father. Only when we’ve experienced God as Mother, will we ever really know him as Father, and finally be able to let our fears begin to subside.

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