And Yet…

I have a vivid childhood memory of sitting in a toy, rocking glider in a Sunday School class for 2 and 3 year olds, learning the words to the song “Jesus Loves Me”, being sung by my beloved teacher, Helen Taylor. I have loved that song for most of my life. The truth of the words has been relevant every day, but I often did not recognize it nor acknowledge it. I am way beyond being 2 years old now-waaaay beyond! My life has been filled with great joy, great sorrow, intense moments of spiritual communion with the Lord and intense moments of my own soulful, self-centered focus. One day, a few years ago as I considered that my life had not always reflected stellar thoughts or selfless deeds, the words to this song surfaced again in my mind. No longer was I the 2 year old, free of guilt or knowledge of evil. I was a middle-aged woman who was well aware that she could have made better decisions on so many occasions and had failed miserably many times through the years. I knew that the Lord had forgiven me and had chosen to forget my sins. I knew that He loved me, but my mind kept saying, “And yet…”, as it chose not to forget or to believe that God really did forgive all sin. But, God is so good! He turned the condemning “And yet” around as I considered the words to my beloved childhood hymn. I began to improvise the words to those to which an adult can relate:
“And yet, Jesus loves me! And yet, Jesus loves me! And yet, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.”
So, if you need a reminder that there is nothing that can keep God from loving you nor anything that can separate you from His love:
Romans 8:35-39
“35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”.

Yes, and Yet, Jesus loves me…and you…and the entire population of this planet! Pretty great great, don’t you think?
A pondering today.