“I loved you at your darkest.” ~Roman 5:8*
We’ve all had dark moments, and have witnessed them in others. They are painful to go through, and sometimes more painful to watch. Not one of us can escape them. They are part of the human experience.
Which is probably why the first time I read this verse, it sent shivers down my spine. These six words are loaded with so much meaning. They speak of the full range of dark and light that is present at once during life’s most difficult moments.
They speak of deep, abiding, unconditional love. They speak of the despair and longing that reside in the recesses of the human soul. They speak of agony and trauma and self-inflicted pain. They speak of the shadow-filled corners that haunt the mind. They speak of hope, mercy, and redemption. They remind us that even in our darkest hour, we are loved, valued, remembered, and forgiven.
I imagine God watching us at these moments, the way a parent watches a sleeping child without him knowing. There is a raw, heart-breaking beauty to be found here.
*This verse is the modern version of: But God commandeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 KJV