But yet, whenever we drove into town, to church or to school, I was drawn to those fields we passed in which a lone tree stood, firm and spreading in the center of the flat space. There was usually just one tree and although the farmland engulfed everything around it, the tree was often strong and substantial in size.
When scripture says God so loved the world, it doesn't mean he loves only the wealthy or the male or the American or the white skinned or the baby after a certain stage of development or the heterosexual person or the citizen or the people who contribute financially/are beneficial to society.
We were never meant to be hardened creatures, simplified reminders of the despair in the world. We were sculpted, with all our complexities, to be living, moving images of the beautiful God who made us...
God is not afraid of your questions. He welcomes you to wrestle with Him. Don’t fear His response when you ask Him things that seem larger than life. He is big enough to handle them.
He is life itself and when He inhabits the midnight silence, the rest fades into oblivion and I hear Him whisper that I am loved.