Touched by Love
Here we are at the beginning of another church year. A very good time to think about our "roots", about the Old Testament. In the beginning there was God. Period. And then God made... lots of things. Creationists and Evolutionists can argue about how much and when it was all made. Suffice it to say something came from something which was above and beyond anything.
The extract from Isaiah above comes at the end of one of many tales of God giving and the people being forgetful, disrespectful, lazy, arrogant, fickle. God's patience seems to have run out and Isaiah is pleading to God for mercy. You made us, God. Even if we seem to have forgotten our relationship with you, please don't forget your relationship to us. You made us. You made ALL of us. You made us in love. Please don't let your anger block out your love of us.
Isn't it telling that it seems easier for us to impose human characteristics on God than Godly characteristics on humans?
In getting back to the basics there is some comfort in recalling that we were made, fashioned, in love by the hands of God. Touched by love in the very beginning of our known time. We started there, we are shielded there, we seek consolation there, we are lifted here and ultimately are drawn there at the end of our time in a loving embrace.
Fashioned by the hands of Love we await with expectancy the retelling of the time that 'Love Came Down'....at Christmas. O come, O come Emmanuel!