Men invent means and methods of coming at God’s love, they learn rules and set up devices to remind them of that love, and it seems like a world of trouble to bring oneself into the consciousness of God’s presence. Yet it might be so simple. Is it not quicker and easier just to do our common business wholly for the love of him?
– Brother Lawrence
found at jason | re | campbell: Quote: Brother Lawrence, “Maxims”
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The Incredible Father
The Parable of the Incredible Father (Luke 15)
The father was not manipulating the son by anything he did. He was only loving the son at the deepest possible level. That love explains why he let him go in the first place and why he rushed so hard to embrace him. He knew his son’s sin had been punishment enough. He ran because he did not want his son to hurt one second longer than was absolutely necessary. His pain had brought him home. Nothing else mattered.
God feels the same way about you. He is not interested in your service or sacrifice. He only wants you to know how much you are loved, hoping that you will choose to love him in return.
from “He loves me!” by Wayne Jacobsen, p 28-29.