Last month I shared a quote from Jonathan Edwards, about sin and confession, meaning only to emphasize my personal need to not judge others. Our sweet brother, Tim, brought to my attention how negative that resolution appears and encouraged me to focus on the gift of grace. I am currently reading Henri Nouwen’s The Return of the Prodigal Son with my email book study buddy, Susan, and the depth of God’s unconditional love and mercy has been brought home to me in waves. When you discuss the story of the prodigal son, the usual question is which son you most resonate with? Nouwen addresses the usual, but goes on to encourage his readers to work their way through accepting the Lord’s unconditional love as prodigal son and/or jealous brother and then move on to become most like the father in the story. To become a person who welcomes, forgives, and loves deeply, a person who lives out grace, amazing grace. Yes.
Mercies new every morning. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation! Oh my soul praise him for he is my help and salvation!