Even now says God, return to me with your whole heart for I am gracious and merciful.
Shame. Guilt. I should have. I’m not enough. That’s unforgiveable. God’s done with me. STOP. Today’s scripture is saying just that STOP.
Even now says God. Not tomorrow, not when we think we’ve got a handle on our issues, not when we’ve lost all hope, but now. Now, this day, God invites us into loving arms. We won’t be coming into judgment and wrath, we will be coming home to grace, mercy, and love.
Sometimes I think the spiritual life is often about unlearning. Unlearning the messages that the world gives us about God. Many of us, or maybe even a majority of us, have grown up with a punitive understanding of God – the old guy sitting up in heaven with a book marking down all of our sins. A deity that will strike us down, give us some disease, or take away the things or people we love because we’ve made some bad choices, done some bad things. I wish I new how and why these lessons have repeated themselves throughout human history because I’d like to eradicate them forevermore. It takes a lot of energy to unlearn things, and I’d rather see our energy spent on compassion, caring, loving, and serving. I believe God would too.
God is gracious and merciful, inviting us home to live in love – today. We’re not expected to be perfect. We’re not expected to have all of our ducks in a row first. We’re invited to return, as we are right now, into God’s heart and into God’s care. My friends, let’s stop today, and return home. I believe this truly is the place where we will find the freedom to live into our purpose…being the presence of Love to all we meet.