I recently bought this necklace on Etsy for a friend. I was particularly drawn to the description (itself an excerpt from Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love”):

The last line of the Divine Comedy, in which Dante is faced with the vision of God Himself, is a sentiment that is still easily understandable by anyone familiar with so-called modern Italian. Dante writes that God is not merely a blinding vision of glorious light, but that He is, most of all, “l’amor che move il sole e l’altre stelle…”

“The love that moves the sun and the other stars.”

What an amazing description of God! He’s the Love that moves. I can’t get over those three simple words. It’s hard for me to think of God as a real person in Jesus form. I’ve heard so many stories about Him since I was a little girl that He feels more like Peter Pan than a distant relative.

Except for the fact that my sins have been forgiven! The Love that moves the sun and the other stars also so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

I was up early today and I read the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ resurrection and I realize that this is Love personified. Love is an action verb and there is nothing passive or tentative about God’s love towards us. There is so much more to write about this, but I haven’t quite figured it out myself yet. But that’s ok because in the end:

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

Happy Easter

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