I love this quote from Henri Nouwen. If you haven’t read any of his material before, I highly recommend picking up one of his books or checking out his website at http://www.henrinouwen.org. He offers a very unique and refreshing outlook on everyday life occurrences, yet his messages always point back to the Father’s unending love for us.
Remember that God’s unconditional love is far beyond what we can ever fathom or imagine. Our human love has its limits and boundaries, but God offers an unconditional, perfect, and eternal love. He is the source of all love, hope, joy, peace so we must turn to Him daily for strength.
“God’s love for us is everlasting. That means that God’s love for us existed before we were born and will exist after we have died. It is an eternal love in which we are embraced. Living a spiritual life calls us to claim that eternal love for ourselves so that we can live our temporal loves – for parents, brothers, sisters, teachers, friends, spouses, and all people who become part of our lives – as reflections or refractions of God’s eternal love. No fathers or mothers can love their children perfectly. No husbands or wives can love each other with unlimited love. There is no human love that is not broken somewhere.
When our broken love is the only love we can have, we are easily thrown into despair, but when we can live our broken love as a partial reflection of God’s perfect, unconditional love, we can forgive one another our limitations and enjoy together the love we have to offer” (Henri J.M. Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey).