the story is told of a counselor who is working with a mother who imagines that she is sitting beside the throne of God at the time when her drug dealing, no interest in God wayward son comes before judgment. the counselor asks the woman what she wants to do in that moment as her son is to be judged by God. the woman replies that she would wrap her arms around her son and hold him in that moment. the counselor then asks her what she imagines God would do in that moment and the woman reveals that God is love so God would be right there wrapping both of them in his arms before the throne.
the point is ... God loves you AT LEAST as much as the person who loves you MOST in this world.
that has been a comforting thought for me over the last 24 hours.