With everlasting love I have loved you. Jeremiah 31:3

Do you know what the word "eternal" means? In today's society, the word is often used in a slightly negative sense. For example, when there is a long wait for something. "Yes, but there's another eternity..." In a Christian context, we talk about eternity. What comes after the life we live here and now.

Eternal is a difficult word to find a good explanation for. It becomes a bit diffuse. What does it mean that God loves us with an everlasting love? Yes, I know what it means, but what does it really mean? What difference does it make to me? In my everyday life?

The dictionary of synonyms provides some resilient words to hang it on. Let me give you some of them: endless, boundless, constant, continuous, permanent, timeless, immortal, unchanging, infinite, incessant, persistent.

In fact, the Norwegian phrase "till Dovre falls" emerged as an alternative. We all know that the mountain masses that make up Dovrefjell will never fall. It is fixed, anchored, eternal.

But all this can be just nice words if they don't sink into our hearts and do something with us.

We have just started the period of midnight sun in the north. Here in Bodø it lasts about 6 weeks. During this period, the sun never sets. You can see her around the clock, and she brings some beautiful colors with her some evenings. She can hide behind some mountains, but if you have the open sea to the west in front of you, you can see her all night. It's hard to go to bed then!

For me, the midnight sun has become an image of God's eternal love for me. It does not disappear into the sea. It is constant, night and day, for weeks. It lasts and lasts and lasts.

Yes, it can be a little hard to forget when the sea fog comes rolling in and covers the sun like a heavy blanket. Then it can seem like it's gone. When the clouds have been hanging heavy over the city for a couple of weeks, while it rains incessantly. But even then it's there. I know it's there. Behind the clouds, it's always there. If I can't see it, it's still constant.

Things can come and settle like a fog over our inner vision. Trying to tell us that it's not true. But it is always true. We are loved with an everlasting, permanent, infinite love. It applies to each of us every single day. From the moment He created us - through the cross - and into eternity.

- Ingfrid Mundal, Bodø 10/6-24

Photo: Ingfrid Mundal. Midnight sun in Bodø June 10, 2024, approx. 01:00

We are loved with an everlasting, permanent, infinite love.

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