You are loved. You are loved more than you could ever know, whether you realize it or not. The Lord of everything, the God who created the heavens and earth, created YOU out of selfless love. He doesn’t need you. He doesn’t need anything, He is God. But He gave you life, like a Father, so that you could come to love Him in return, so that you could be like “brothers and sisters” to Him. He is gentle, though, He doesn’t force anyone to do what He wants them to do- we have free will, which allows us to love and do the Father’s will. He doesn’t even announce His presence anywhere but in our hearts, in our souls, and even there, He whispers. Even if the very earth is crumbling, in all of the travesties of life, even if we are martyred all alone, He won’t leave us. He asks us to be courageous, to live lives of faith, of hope, of love. He asks us to strive for a relationship with Him. We mess up, though. We often do not live as God created us to, choosing to sin- rejecting God. But as well as we live as children of God in this life, there is nothing that we can do to earn our salvation without the gift of the incarnate Son, Jesus Christ, God becoming a mere human, who bore all of our sins by dying on that cross about 2000 years ago. He died so that even the most hardened sinners would still have the opportunity to repent for their sins and still achieve salvation, like the thief crucified next to Him at Calvary. We all have that opportunity of everlasting life, a return to how we were supposed to live, if we believe in Jesus, repent of our sins, and strive to live as children of God to the best of our abilities, strengthened and nourished by the gifts that Jesus gave us, namely the Church and the sacraments- baptism, confirmation, reconciliation, and finally the Eucharist in mass, where we receive the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord who died for us as a perfect sacrifice to atone for our sins.
Live joyfully, beloved! Our Father, God, loves us more than we could ever imagine. We are all children of God.