If you are a parent, do you remember the first time your precious child lashed out in anger with "I hate you!"? It hurts even when you know they don't understand what they are saying--nor is it a deep truth. More piercingly, have you felt the sword of a teen or adult child who rejects you...or chooses a lifestyle fraught with heartache? Even if you are not a parent, rejection is something we all experience in this life. Just as Jesus shares in our suffering, those devastations allow us to enter into the sufferings of God. They bring the heart of God into view. It is that pain--and the willingness, the compulsion, to love through it that reveals an important aspect of our Father's heart.
As we go about our day, might we let our hearts feel his pain and the healing balm of love that never stops flowing from Him. And then let that love surround you, fill you and flow from you.