As many of you know, I have written a book. It’s now available for
purchase! I wanted to take a moment and share with you an excerpt from How Great a Love: Faith, Forgiveness, and the Father that led to the artwork that adorns the cover. The image is of a father who is looking down the road, watching and waiting for his son to come home. For context, the chapter is about the parable of the prodigal son.
As I stated earlier, this parable is all that you need to know about God. Admittedly, that was a bit facetious. God is so complex that I could spend the rest of eternity trying to explain him and still not have enough time. I will tell you this, though: if all you knew about God came from this parable, then you would have a great understanding of who he is, and it is that, as 1 John 4:8 tells us, “God is love.” God is love, and God loves you— no matter what. You are his beloved child. You cannot escape his love. All we ever need to do is go to him, and he will come running to us. It’s not because of who we are but because of whose we are, and we are his! He loves us because we are his children.
Is your heart hurting or broken? Is it tired or weary? Is it heavy from the weight that you’ve been carrying around for far too long? If so, then I implore you to go to your heavenly father. Let him speak lovingly to you. Let him speak directly to your heart. He wants to tell you how much you are adored and cherished. He wants to tell you that he has not turned his back on you. He wants to invite you to lay down all of your guilt and shame, never to be picked back up again. If this sounds like what you need, then go to one who loves beyond comprehension. He is there— watching and waiting for you to come home— so that he can throw his arms around his beloved child.
How great a love, pp 26-27