John 3.16, a paraphrase

          For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
                    so that everyone who believes in him
                    may not perish but may have eternal life.
          Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world
                    to condemn the world,
                    but in order that the world might be saved through him.
          Those who believe in him are not condemned;
                    but those who do not believe are condemned already,
                    because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

                         —John 3.16-18

Infinite Love, heart of all life,
you loved this word into being
with such love
as to birth yourself among us,
Love begotten as the Beloved.

Opening ourselves to your love
we live beyond our mortal selves
and join your eternal Oneness.

Your presence does not separate but unites;
love does not push away, but embraces;
you do not condemn, but save.

Trusting this we know
we are loved, never rejected.
When our trust fails we are doomed:
withdrawing into ourselves
we aren’t open to love,
the only source of life.

   —March 9, 2018

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