On July 8th, Tim Reardon referenced David Benner’s book Surrender to Love, asking our congregation, “Imagine God thinking about you — what do you think God feels when you come to mind?”
Though we might have various responses, he went on to describe that we are created out of love by a God whose essence is love; that Love is the source and ground of our existence — an unending mystery that extends beyond and precedes time and space; that sustains us, holds us, and extends to the innermost parts of our being. The goal and hope of our lives is to dwell in and be dwelt in more and more by that incomprehensible mystery of love.
Tim went on to share the story of musician Julien Baker, and the reminder of her father in a time of need that she was deeply loved by God.
Based on Ephesians 3:14-21, he asked what it means to know beyond knowledge. Love is a mystery — we do not get to define it and it’s not conditional on our feelings of worthiness. Love forms us, binds us together, and leaves us seeking to know more. But how? What might that look like?
A note: we also read Hosea 11:1-4 and Psalm 131. Toward the end of the sermon, we took a few minutes to sit with Psalm 131 — the space for that short meditation is deleted to make listening easier, but feel free to pause the audio and take part.
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Click below to hear Julien Baker’s Rejoice.