Good Morning, Tuesday Nov. 12, 2013
What are your most powerful memories of coming home? What are your most endearing memories of reaching out to be embraced with love and support in a time of need? And are your arms open and ready to embrace others?
I walked into the room and the patient cried and lifted out their arms for a hug. There were no words spoken, just glistening tears rolling down the cheek, and the need to be embraced. And after a short embrace, the words came out "I am so glad to be home, I am never leaving again".
This patient had recently connected with the church, our church, and then moved away. This patient has struggled with a number of medical issues and is very sick. They have also had a few other struggles that have made life difficult to say the least. Well they wanted to come home. And after some work, and some sacrifice made for them by their family, they are home.
There are multiple examples that run through my head where no words, just an embrace is the first thing needed. Support after an accident, or a difficult sporting event, greeting loved one's in a hospital, seeing a person after a long journey or absence, a soldier returning. And returning home, seeing the very people that love and support you is a great comfort.
In the parable of the prodigal son, the image of the father running to embrace the son's return is a powerful image for me. You see I am more the prodigal than I am the father. And I am always welcomed back home. There is never anything that precludes us from being welcomed back into the arms of God through faith. Just head for home. In fact, come join us Wednesday for our come as you are worship. All are welcome.
Prayer: " Lord God we thank you for always having open arms for us. Bless all that need some support and embracing in their lives. Help us be there for others in need. Help all those that are searching for the road home. Amen."
Have a good Week