The Great Giver

Seeing God’s goodness in our very existence
The Great Giver

“For we are God’s bliss, for God delights in us without end.”
—Julian of Norwich*

Is God generous?

Try to count the number of wildflowers in one square yard of mountain meadow.

Investigate just one of the nine million species of kaleidoscopic coral reef creatures that teem along the ocean floor.

Pluck some blackberries. Eat some ice cream. Let the textures and flavors dance for a moment on your tongue.

Yes, God is generous.

Begotten in Generosity

We creatures are generated in the Creator’s generosity. Every breath we take is only possible because of the benevolence of the one in whom “we live and move and exist” (Acts 17:28). But we are prone to forget.

It starts in the Garden. God makes a world exploding in diversity and abundance. Why? Not because he is a solitary being in need of companionship. On the contrary, God is already in community. The Father, Son, and Spirit live in an endless circle of love, a divine dance of mutual affection and creative energy. God makes the world out of a desire to have other beings with whom to share that love. We are begotten in generosity.

We are begotten in generosity.

Peer into the mystery for a minute. The need for the Incarnation, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection does not catch God by surprise. The Lamb of God is “slain from the creation of the world” (Revelation 13:8, NIV). When the Godhead decides to widen the circle of love by making us, the cost is clear from the outset.

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Carolyn Arends

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Commitment; Community; Faith; Generosity; Sin
Today's Christian Woman, November Week 4, 2014
Posted November 26, 2014

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