“He got up, and started towards his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” Luke 15:20
Heavenly Father, on this August Monday morning, 5 words capture how you will relate to us every day this week—”saw, compassion, ran, embraced, kissed.”
You see us… and you always see us as we truly are—whether we’re a mess, moody, merry, or mercurial. We’ll never shock you. No matter what, you feel compassion for us, not contempt. We need your grace, not just for our worse days, but for our best ones as well.
And you’re always running towards us in the Gospel—as a welcoming Father, not an irritated dad. You embrace us so tightly, so kindly, so gladly… and you will never let go of us. You “kiss” us—the language of affection; for we are now in Christ, not on probation—your beloved children, not your estate workers.
Father, whatever our emotional condition right now, whatever our spiritual temperature, mental state, or physical location—you desire us, are pursuing us, and are committed to giving us grace upon grace. Thank you.
Some of us can’t see beyond our fear, shame, and no-reason-to-hope. Some of us see other’s failures 100 times more clearly than we see our need for your mercy and grace. Some of us only see the world in shades of grey, black, and bleak. But, Father, you see things and us as they truly are; and it’s compassion you feel, running as you do, and affection you give. Thank you, 1000 times, thank you. So Very Amen.