Followers of Christ claim that the God who created us loves us beyond anything we can understand or imagine. In scripture, the writer of the first letter to John in the New Testament puts it this way: “God is love, and those who abide in love, abide in God, and God abides in them” (1 John 4:15).
In the New Testament, the word used for abide is closely related to the word that means encamp or dwell. But what does it look like to dwell in love? I recently made a short video to add to our Contemplative Practices series about a prayer practice from the Buddhist tradition, the Lovingkindness Meditation. In this practice, you direct loving thoughts toward yourself, friends, difficult people, and the whole world.
Although not from the Christian tradition, Lovingkindness Meditation may be a way that we can do what the writer of First John instructed us to do - dwell in God’s love for all that God has made. In this time of pain and struggle, our world certainly needs to know God’s love. If you need to experience that love this week, give Lovingkindness Meditation a try.