But I felt awash with feelings. I was happy, or I was sad. I was excited about things or sometimes very sad about things. I loved to climb as high as I could go in the big tree in our back yard, or to have long talks with my best friends or to listen to music on the radio until midnight, when the station went off the air. And while I was doing all these things, I would feel all that they stirred up in me. And I can remember so well my prayer from those days: "Please, Lord, don't let me ever be without feeling."
Does this ever happen to you? Do you let your feelings well up in you and then taste them, lick your lips and savor them just the way you do your favorite flavor of ice cream? I hope you do. I do still. And I hope we never stop.
you see, I think that God speaks to us in a special way through our feelings.
That's where we learn about being very happy or very sad, about loving
others and wanting to be loved, about being brave or being frightened.
It's where we learn about who we are and who we're not. And because of
all of this, I think it's where we learn about God, because God feels
all these things too. So I hope you'll talk with God - and with your parents
or your grandparents or with me - about what you are feeling. Feeling
is a way to know God better and a way to know yourself better. God loves
you very much and wants you to feel that love. And, you know, I love you
too! So when we see each other at Calvary, won't you please say hello
and maybe even sometimes tell me about what you've been feeling. Because
I'd like very much to know you better and to hear how the Spirit is moving
in your life.
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