Love has its reasons, they say.

Love has its purposes too. It's not out there "just because," only to make us feel good, or even, as it does sometimes, to drive us crazy.

Love intends a result; love has an end in mind. When we say "God is love," we need to remember that.

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O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

Psalm 107:1-3

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Several years ago, in the movie Broadcast News, one very lucky character says to another (who has not been quite so fortunate), “What do you do when your real life exceeds your wildest dreams?” “Keep it to yourself,” responds the other.

This is not the way it is with the people of God. God’s people, who are set free from big and small things, are called to share this good news. God’s people, when they have been comforted in times of trouble, don’t keep it to themselves. They tell others about God’s love and mercy, how God’s forgiving presence lasts forever.

God is good. All the time. Let God’s people say so!

Peter Hanson

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Good and gracious God, thank you for your love, which lasts forever. Help me to rely on you in times of trouble, and help me to tell others when you’ve helped me out.

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Jesus loves you;
This you know,
For the Bible tells you so.
Little ones - like you -
To God belong.
You are weak;
But God's love is strong.

Peter Hanson

Peter Hanson has been a youth minister in Minnesota, a street chaplain in Berkeley and San Francisco, a parish pastor in Vermont, and most recently a missionary in Dakar, Senegal. He now serves as interim associate pastor at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley, Minnesota. Peter lives in St. Paul with his wife, Sarah, and their two sons, Elijah and Simon.

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