Linking up with The Gypsy Mama for Five Minute Friday Loveliness. The word for today is Community.
Today I was comtemplating the reversal that happens in Luke 15, just the beautiful, redemptive picture of how much God loves us, and how the Father reaches out His hand to the younger brother, "while he was still a long way off."
I was reading in a commentary about how and why the Father pursues sinners, and the elder brother in the story doesn't join in the celebration with others rejoicing at the younger son's return.
Still, "the father's compassion does not cease" for the elder brother. The story is left at a bit at a bit of a cliff-hanger. Yet, the grace and love of the father is what stirs us on in the midst of struggle, as that brother, as we too, often get to choose our response, our position, remembering the times we were just that far off in the distance and God did the seeking, bringing what was lost back to be found.
I crave community. Where we can come for love, healing, laughter, grace, and to remember that we're human, and life is fragile and sacred.