The Joy of the Father

The Joy of the Father

All who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted. Luke 18: 14

God does not unravel for us the mystery of human suffering. But I believe that God does not want us to suffer. The heart of God revealed in the life of Jesus, is compassionate. However, if we separate ourselves from the truth of who we are, we leave “Home,” and we feel adrift. Away from our truth, we tend to get lost, and we search for “home.” The deepest suffering of the prodigal son was being adrift and separated from the source of his life. From home the father, always watching and waiting, continues to offer love and life, but he would never force his son to receive his love.

It is so important for us to really try to understand the heart of God. God does not condemn, does not judge, does not criticize. Some of those images exist in Scripture, but they are images that speak more about the limitations of our expression than about the heart of God. From some of those readings and from some of our teachers we have come to think that God only loves those who are strong and good and not those who make poor choices. The truth is that God is only love and, “God makes the rain to fall on the wicked as well as on the righteous.”

My heart fears. It cries for love while running in the opposite direction! Dearest God, help me to exchange fear for trust.

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