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My Father’s Love

21 Aug

So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. Luke 15:20-21

I received a gift during a very difficult time. I actually received many but this was a special gift; A gift of empathy for our Father.

We see God with such reverent eyes, that sometimes, like a child, we forget His heart. We seek His favor, but have you ever just sat in true sadness for all He endures?

This was a tough week. As I waited for news of a loved one, my heart was filled with a mother’s love and grief over what was taking place. My heart and mind turned to God in prayer but as I prayed, I found myself meditating more on God’s perspective than my own. What I experienced in that moment was so pure, I can’t even put words to it. A small peek at His unending ocean of love, hurt, joy, hope, forgiveness,patience, all wrapped up in one.

A mother’s love is deep and wide and unconditional. We are created in His image. If I have sorrow, imagine His sorrow. We endure for our children. We endure because we love. There is no explanation for this, no word that encompasses the true meaning or understanding of that.

I read the story of the prodigal son. If the father is OUR Father, he is sitting on the stoop just watching and waiting for the prodigal son to return. He had to be. In the story, He saw him from “a long way off” and ran to him, his son. He welcomed him home. He was overjoyed. The son didn’t have to do anything but appear down the road.

He hadn’t arrived yet before the Father was already hugging him. That is our Father. That relief and joy, that we sense in the story comes from deep suffering, waiting, and love.

He waits for us and as soon as we turn our hearts back to Him, He has already met us, hugs us, overjoyed to have us get back on the path that He laid for us. He waits for us to be on that road though. We have to be in His sight. And He longs for us to be in His sight.

As I sat in prayer with my Father, we prayed together for my loved one and for my mother’s heart and I prayed for God with a new empathy for His great forebearance, but also, the pain it causes Him when we suffer, when we choose hardships and stubbornness.

His Love. His love is bigger than my love could ever be. The road is there regardless of whether you ever set foot on it or not. He is waiting, Watching, with His heart so full of love and hope for you.

The second he can see you from a long way off, He will run to YOU! That is our Father. That is Amazing Love.

Luke 15:11-32 (NIV)
The Parable of the Lost Son
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.
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