God's Love is Forever and that is a Long Long Time!
“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Letter from the Executive Director:
Do you remember the song about a man’s love for a woman, pledging he will “love her forever “and that’s a long, long time?” These lyrics remind me of our God. To love and be loved is God’s most essential gift in our life. We get a glimpse of God’s love for us through the Lenten season. God’s love is a forever love.
What is important to me about the Lenten season is that Christ’s death brings eternity into focus. Lent opens with the Ash Wednesday service. We receive ashes with the following words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” This is taken from Genesis 3:19, as Adam and Eve are removed from the Garden of Eden. Their disobedience separated them (and mankind) from the Tree of Life. Death entered into our lives and we must live with that fact.
But Lent allows us to focus on our individual inevitable death, and to understand what the love of God really means. God created us to be in a loving “forever” relationship with Him. He shows us through every Easter season what “forever love” means, that through His ugly death and beautiful resurrection, sins are forgiven and we can live forever. By looking seriously at Christ’s death and resurrection, we are looking into eternity.
God’s love is forever and that’s a long, long time.
ARDF endeavors to tell the story of God’s love to all the people who receive either relief assistance from disasters or education, medical, and vocational training assistance with projects funded through the local church. ARDF funds – while they are tangible indeed – are given for the purpose of revealing the enduring, eternal love of God. God’s people are helping God’s people through the local church. Your donations are for eternal purposes.
ARDF has existed for only 15 years and we are just now beginning to see the longer-term benefits of projects in communities around the world. Anglican local parishes have given love and new life to numerous communities through medical treatment, agricultural training, new facilities, and education. Your donations enable ARDF to show God’s love to many people for a very long, long time.
Thank you for praying for and supporting the people who learn to love God and our Savior, His Son Jesus, through ARDF’s partnership with the local Anglican Church.
With every blessing - Jesus has Risen – He lives with the Father and Holy Spirit – Alleluia!
Eternally thankful that He loves us forever.
Canon William E. Deiss
P.S. You can read about some of the long-term benefits on this blog each week during Lent.