Do you hear God calling you home to reclaim what has always been yours? You might have strayed because of your busy life or challenges you faced. So do you believe God never takes away love, mercy, forgiveness, joy and all the other gifts? That these gifts are always available and waiting for you at home?
Sometimes you might be like the prophet Hosea who believes this and with great confidence returns to God. Sometimes you might be like Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz.” You might think there’s something better out there, but soon realize there isn’t so you click your Ruby slippers and return to the very place you tried to escape from. Sometimes you might be like the prodigal son/daughter who takes God’s gifts into places that don’t value them and so are squandered. Finally, you might be like older son (of the Prodigal Son) who never leaves home physically, just spiritually. You may forget that everything that the Father has at home is already yours. You just need to wake up and recognize this again.
So if you strayed far away, God’s call to come back home becomes faint and you may begin to forget the love, mercy, and forgiveness that are waiting for you. Yet, I hope like the Prodigal son that you return by allowing your soul (and not your mind) to lead the way.
Regardless of whom you relate to, you return because you believe that God’s generosity and abundance is never taken away from you. You may have taken some detours, some pit stops, or just fallen asleep. Know that God patiently waits and keeps calling out, looking out until you return.
Together we will go back home. I promise to guide you along the way. And when in doubt know that fasting, praying, serving those less fortunate and doing all this with great love are steps that get you back onto the right path. No matter where you are on your journey, you return not because of getting what you want, but believing in what is never taken away… love, mercy, forgiveness, joy, peace, etc. God waits with open arms.
So let’s stretch out our arms and release the very last thing we might be holding onto. In this position we can mirror our Great God’s open arms whom is waiting and loving us with every step we take towards him. It’s ours for the taking. This is the great return.
Come and join me in returning home to God.