Luke 15:20 “So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put is arms around him and kissed him.”
This verse comes out of the parable of the prodigal son. We all know the story even if we haven’t read it in the bible because there are so many of these types of stories in real life. One of the kids takes his money and runs. He lives in style, spending like there is no tomorrow and then the bottom drops out. After trying to figure it out on his own, the boy comes home with his tail between his legs. He hopes to be brought in as a slave, even to have a warm place to sleep and a bite of food or two. He came home grungy and smelly. He came downtrodden and ashamed. His father was filled with compassion. He was not concerned with how clean he was or what monies he brought back. He did not require him to shower and present himself properly. The father ran out to him and wrapped his arms around him and kissed him. He welcomed him in love and grace. This is the picture of God Jesus was painting. This is the God we run to and the God we abide in.
Thank you for loving us just as we are; however we come, you embrace us with love and grace. We cannot be presentable to you except through the redeeming blood of Jesus. Your love knows no bounds. Help us to share your love with others so they may come home too. Amen.