Eternal life

         We know that we have passed from death to life
         because we love one another.
                   —1 John 3.14

Whenever we fear loss,
loss of place or possessions, comfort or control,
in our fear we are already lost;
we are in the grip of death.

When we love someone
we are not afraid of the cost,
not afraid—
raised from the dead.

In love, giving ourselves away,
we receive life that can’t be taken from us,
eternal life.

This is how we pass from death to life,
how we experience eternal life:
we love one another.

God, your love raises me from the dead.
May I live the eternal life of your love
today, and all the days of my life.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

April 19, 2021

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