The Embrace of God

So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
Luke 15:20

“I’m still discovering, right up to this moment, that it is only by living completely in this world that one learns to have faith. I mean living unreservedly in life’s duties, problems, successes and failures, experiences and perplexities. In so doing, we throw ourselves completely into the arms of God.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

There are plenty of mornings when we climb out of bed and are uncertain how to meet the obligations of the day. The troubles we face can seem so overwhelming — we can’t do it without help and encouragement. Without that support, it can be tempting to turn and run, or hunker and hide.

Instead too many of us choose to battle through troubles alone, relying solely on the strength of our own feeble problem-solving skills, or our frail muscle power to persevere.  Some rely on the seductive fickle embrace of the bottle or other addictions to get through the day.

Like the prodigal son who sought to avoid the responsibilities of life, now at the end of his rope and options, unable to rely solely on his own wit or charm or skill to survive, we too must face head-on our troubles and seek out our Father’s compassionate and forgiving embrace.  We are asked to gratefully surrender our supposed autonomy; He graciously surrendered Himself to sustain us eternally through times like these.

We need to throw ourselves wholly and holy into the welcome of His sacrificial embrace.
~Emily Gibson


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