While cleaning my desk this morning I came across a bunch of old drawings, a cartoon I started, and a goofy story about some love-sick teenagers. I assume that was during my high school years. I also found another piece penned in my handwriting, but I am not sure I am the author.
I googled the first couple of sentences. Then moved on to Bing, Yahoo, and Altavista. Nothing came up in a search. I am asking any one who reads this to let me know if it sounds vaguely familiar. It is kind of exciting to think I could have come up with something so deep when I was young. I am going to copy word for word so excuse any grammar or spelling mistakes.
Love is not a prize to be bestowed on the winner of a contest. Love is not a return for benefits received. If you require that people be “worthy” of your love you are not likely to love anyone. Look at yourself. Where would you be today in God’s eyes? What have you done to merit God’s love. What benefits have you reaped for God that he should return you love?
But God does not love in that way. He simply loves – totally without qualification. He is always the shepherd solicitous for the well-being of his flock. He knows each of us & He sends ministers among us to bring us His love. Helpless & Harassed as we are, He sees our plight & has compassion on us. His love for us so far exceeds our ability to respond that we can only wonder at the depth and the breadth of it, and glory that is has been given us although we have done can do so little to merit it.
I am sending a copy over to a minister friend and see if she recognizes it from a passage somewhere. I find it hard to believe I could have come up with some of the wording on my own. I will post the results of my findings and ask that you do so also. I am very curious.