Quite late last night, I got a text from a young disciple. 'I just want to be loved'. I'd noticed earlier that she was a bit down and my heart goes out to her.
Because the thing is, she really is loved. But it's one thing to say that and another for her to feel it.
I was thinking about her this morning on the way to work. And it made me think about love and Jesus and why we love Him and a scripture came to mind:
We love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)
He 'just wants to be loved' too. But He got on with loving us and dying for us while we couldn't care a damn (literally). So I suppose there's a lesson for my young disciple in that: get on with loving others and love will be your reward.
And as it happens, I have real trust in this young disciple. She may know her need and feel some pain and loneliness at times - but she's taking hold of Jesus and His Church and she's got a shining future - full of love.