As a student fellowship group, we engage a lot of big issues. Our faith calls us to this, but it also equips us for it by grounding us in God’s love. This year we spent a beautiful evening at a cabin in Wintergreen, shared a family dinner, made a fire, and reflected on being loved by God. The short reading from Julian of Norwich is attached below, but students reflected on what it meant to be loved by God. It was a beautiful time of community and rest and the next day we got up (not too early!), shared breakfast and made lunch for our hike at Crabtree Falls. Enjoy these beautiful pictures of our time together!
From Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love, Fifth Chapter:
I saw that [our Lord] is to us everything which is good and comforting for our help. He is our clothing, who wraps and enfolds us for love, embraces us and shelters us, surrounds us for his love, which is so tender that he may never desert us. And so in this sight I saw that he is everything which is good, as I understand.
And in this he showed me something small, no bigger than a hazelnut, lying in the palm of my hand….
In this little thing I saw three properties. The first is that God made it, the second is that God loves it, the third is that God preserves it. But what did I see in it? It is that God is the creator and protector and the lover. For until I am substantially united to him, I can never have perfect rest or true happiness, until, that is, I am so attached to him that there can be no created thing between my God and me.