Life has had it’s share of bumps and dramatic road turns, yet as I reflect on my life since January 21st, I am deeply grateful to all these people who have been a gift to me. They are a gift of love.
But what is the greatest gift? I think that at the end of our lives we will behold the Giver of all gifts face to face, we will posses the Giver, and love the Giver for all eternity. That Giver is God, revealed in Jesus Christ.
“Only in love can I find you, my God. In love the gates of my soul spring open, allowing me to breathe a new air of freedom and forget my own petty self. In love my whole being streams forth out of the rigid confines of narrowness and anxious self-assertion, which make me a prisoner of my own poverty and emptiness. In love all the powers of my soul flow out toward you, wanting never more to return, but to lose themselves completely in you, since by your love you are the inmost center of my heart, closer to me than I am to myself.
But when I love you, when I manage to break out of the narrow circle of self and leave behind the restless agony of unanswered questions, when my blinded eyes no longer look merely from afar and from the outside upon your unapproachable brightness, and much more when you yourself, O Incomprehensible One, have become through love the inmost center of my life, then I can bury myself entirely in you, O mysterious God, and with myself all my questions.” ~Karl Rahner