Feeling What God Feels For Us

Kestrel nesting box outside my study window
Kestrel nesting box outside my study window

As I type this I’m looking outside my study window.  I can see the sky, a hill, and a Willow Tree with a Kestrel nesting box next to it. What a beautiful view.

I can say honestly that I believe “God loves me”.  I know it at informational/intellectual level.  But do I know at an experiential level that God loves me?  In other words, I can say that “I feel that God loves me”?  According to Curt Thompson, M.D. in his book Anatomy of the Soul: Surprising connections between neuroscience and spiritual practices that can transform your life and relationships, it is possible for us to feel what God feels about us. Sometimes when I’m birding and finally capture the image of an illusive bird in my binoculars a shutter goes through my body.  I’m overwhelmed by the beauty of the of the bird before me and tears of joy and amazement come to my eyes.

American Kestrel
American Kestrel

As St. Francis of Assisi once said, “If this is what the creature is like, can you imagine what the creator must be like?”.  I’ve struggled to feel what God feels about me all my adult life.  Suddenly in dawned on me.  The same way I feel about the beauty of the bird caught in my binoculars is the same way God feels about me.

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