We strolled across the Ha’penny bridge in February 2014. It was a romantic weekend for two (+2!) at Half-term/Valentine’s Day!The tail-end of winter breezed by our faces, as the Liffey rose to greet us.
I noticed the multiple padlocks connected to this bridge & presumed that a lot of Dubliners must be into cycling! I didn’t realize their true significance.
I later learned of the growing tradition spreading across Europe of sweethearts attaching padlocks to bridges as a symbol of never-ending love. Sometimes couples inscribe their names onto the padlock or throw the keys into the nearby water as a symbol of their true love.
We ‘just happened’ to walk along the Seine in Paris later that year on a summer holiday & stumble across the Ponte de Art bridge over-laden with love-locks. My husband Rob was too concerned about the weight of the locks to enjoy the moment! He was right to feel apprehensive as the next year, for safety reasons, one million love locks weighing 45 tonnes were removed! I’ve recently read that some of these love locks are being sold for charity.
Not everywhere has had this magnitude of padlocks & the love-locks remain! This summer, I’ve photographed love-locks in a downpour in Copenhagen, & during a sunny breeze in Liverpool’s Albert Dock!
I’ve ran across the Lagan Lookout Weir in Belfast & paused to look at the locks. ‘By chance’ (!) I was listening to ‘Your love never fails’ as I ran passed these local love-locks.
The song reminded me of the unending true love of God:
‘I know I still make mistakes
But You have new mercies for me everyday
Your love never fails’
God has declared:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love”(Jeremiah 31:3 NIV)
Why does God love me? Why does He love you?
‘He loved us not because we are lovable but because He is love’
God is love!
‘God’s unfailing love for us is an objective fact affirmed over and over in the Scriptures.
It is true whether we believe it or not.
Our doubts do not destroy God’s love, nor does our faith create it.
It originates in the very nature of God, who is love,
and it flows to us through our union with His beloved Son’
And when we trust in His beloved Son, absolutely nothing can separate us from God’s love:
‘I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.’ (Rom 8:39 )
‘The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.’ Zephaniah 3:17(NIV)
Our hearts are locked into the everlasting love of God forever!
‘The Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in Him’
And His love never fails!