The wonder and miracle of life is that the God of all Creation took each one of you and, by hands of love, brought forth a treasured expression of that love, Just as a Stradivarius violin is precious to its maker, you too are precious to your Maker.
God did not create you and then abandon you to a cruel and harsh world. You are not a detached, isolated, alienated creation set out upon the mighty ocean of life to be tossed about without compass or resource. You are given intelligence, creativity, freedom to create who you are, and God’s greatest gift of all–the promise of God’s own Spirit to dwell within you. You, like the Stradivarius, are made to give beautiful music.
Life is a miracle. I remember my wonderment and awe as each of my tiny newborns was placed in my arms. Each finger and toe, each little nose and mouth, an unbelievable creation given in love by its Maker. Each was life’s most precious gift to me, a gift of love to last an eternity. I loved these babies with a full, joyous human love.
Now, almost forty-none years later, I feel an even deeper awe and appreciation. Each of these–life’s children now grown–are unique, unlike any other, with special talents, gifts, graces, radiance, and children of their own. We are life’s children; we are gifts of God. Are we not created in God’s image with possibilities implanted by God before our birth?
You are created as a separate, independent, and individual person, yet you live with others in common unity and bond. We are at once the solitary individuals who must walk on our own legs and also the relational people who must have intimacy with others to be whole. Those who enter freely into relationships enter into life.
But you may ask, “Lord, must I give up my individual humanness to come into your Divine Love?" The answer is a loving “No," for you see, God has given you the gift of life and wants you to experience life to the fullest by being transformed by Divine Love. God desires to infuse the unique you with Divine Love so that through your life you can uniquely share true love with others.
— Donna F. Fletcher
Reflections of the Heart