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The parable of the prodigal son, as recorded in Luke 15, shows God’s relentless and unconditional love for us. A man’s younger son asked his father for his share of the estate, packed his belongings, and took a trip to a distant land where he wasted all of his money on parties and fast living. About the time that his money was gone, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He finally came to his senses and realized that his father’s hired men at least had food to eat. He decided, “I will go to my father and say, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired man.”

While he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming and was filled with loving pity. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him. Perhaps the reason he saw his son coming while he was still a long distance away was that he was praying for his son’s return and spent much time each day watching that lonely road on which his son would return.

Even as the son was making his confession, the father interrupted to instruct the servants to kill the fatted calf and prepare for a celebration – his lost son had repented; he had changed his mind and had returned to become part of the family again.

And He is jealous from me, loves like a hurricane, I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy
When all of a sudden I am unaware of these afflictions
Eclipsed by glory and I realize just how beautiful You are
And how great Your affections are for me

And oh, how He loves us, oh
Oh, how He loves us, how He loves us all
~ David Crowder

God demonstrated His love for us before we were Christians, but this story makes it obvious that God continues to love his child who has strayed far from Him. He eagerly awaits for us to return to him – into His arms.

May you this week encounter the Father’s love. May you find your refuge in His arms, in His embrace, and in His shelter. May you feel his relentless pursuit of your heart.

Arms of Love

If you are a rolling oceanimage
I am the broken wave
Racing to meet
You at shore

If you are blood red sunrise
I am the thin cloud
Covered by the
Sacred light of the world

If you are the stars
Then I am Galileo
Fixed on the path
Of the Perfector of my Faith

If you are twisting hurricane
I am the tree
Bending and remaining in
The shape of your glory

If you are my Great God
Then I am your True Son
Already tightly held
In your arms of love

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