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“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”
1 John 3:1

Yet for all we learn about God’s love on the pages of Scripture, there’s no simple answer to my toddler’s question: “Why?”

So, I try to cobble together an answer for him: “God loves us … because He created us.”
“To love Him.”
“Because He loves us.”
“Why?” So we’re back to where we started.

But perhaps some questions don’t require a quick answer but rather quiet wonder.

Maybe God loves us simply because it’s His good pleasure, because He delights to lavish His love on us. Maybe the point isn’t to decipher an intellectual enigma. Maybe the point is to respond with an open heart that receives and echoes back love.

A little hand tugs on my sleeve, wide eyes waiting for an answer.


So, I wrap my arms around him and snuggle my nose in the crook of his neck, breathing in the fragrance of this little human, wondering, If this is how I feel about my son, how much more does God love us?

But out loud I say only, “I don’t know why, buddy. But I know God loves you, and I love you, too.”

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