God is love. God loves all of us and wants us to experience abundant life. This means abiding in love—love of God, and love of neighbors as ourselves. Through prayer and worship, meditation and silence, we can commune with God, experience his presence, have our consciousness transformed by his Spirit, participate in his loving nature, and be healed and renewed in that love. This new life (what the New Testament calls “the mind of Christ”) will not only bring us joy and happiness (even when we suffer), but also will empower us to be ambassadors for God, to bring God’s love and joy and happiness to others. There is much work to be done, and the task is overwhelming, Even our own need is very great, for we tend to resist God’s love, even as we hunger for it. Yet God continually calls us back to his love and continually empowers us to face the challenge of bringing hope to our broken world.

  • Carl McColman, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism