“God did not create people out of need but because He wanted to, just for the love of it. Strictly speaking, I do not know that I am needed in this world. But as God’s child I do know that I am wanted. It seems to me that the world could carry on quite well without me. Would it make any difference if there were one less star in the heavens? No, that extra star is not there because it is needed, but because it is wanted. It is there because Someone wanted it.
Knowing I am wanted, both by God and by other people, is more mysterious and freeing than being needed. Similarly, it is better for me to want God and to want people than to relate out of need. Want is a purer and a higher [ … ]