Day 21, Nicene Creed, 13th Line
he came down from heaven,
Sometimes I wonder what it must have been like for Jesus to come down from heaven, and spend 33 years here on earth experiencing things like cold, hunger, temptation, sadness, exhaustion, pain, and evil, etc. I imagine that His Passion was not the only time He suffered deeply. I bet he got homesick a lot. In a way, maybe that's why we do, too. We long to be in eternity with God, because that's what we're truly made for.
Earlier today, I went to Sh’bam class at my gym, which is a Les Mills dance fitness class that I LOVE!! One of the songs we danced to was Worth It by Fifth Harmony. It's a sassy song with really fun choreography to go with it. And while the lyrics and attitude of the song are easily intended to come from an arrogant place, they made me think of God instead. Some of us have a hard time with self-worth, or think it's inappropriate to think highly of ourselves. It is inappropriate to think higher of ourselves than others, that's true, but there is a inherent dignity that comes with being human, and we must recognize that we possess that dignity. It’s not arrogant to recognize that God finds us worth it. The cold, hunger, temptation, sadness, exhaustion, pain and evil, etc.—everything Jesus went through to redeem us back to Himself—this is where we find our true value. In spite of our brokenness, God loves us, and thinks we’re worth it.
So what is our response? How do we show God that He is worth it to us to endure everything we have to endure in order to pursue Him?
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This reflection is a part of By Heart: A Lenten Prayer Project.