Have you ever questioned whether you're redeemable? Have you nourished hope for an abundant, meaningful life, only to see it decimated by your own sin or failure? Have you looked at the remains and felt sure that, even if something new were to sprout, nothing could ever bloom?
By the grace of God repentance is possible. So how do we start?
Keep your Gospel shoes on. Because you have some walking to do. And you want all your footprints to spell Jesus.
Yes, trouble may chase us. Pain may nag us. Sorrow might ambush us again and again. Guilt and shame may nip at our heels. But the only things that can keep up with us, day in and day out, all the days of our lives, are the goodness and faithful love of God. And like the Good Shepherd He is, He will send them after us relentlessly. No, scratch that – He’ll come after us Himself, bringing them with Him. Because that’s who He is.
This is more than positive thinking. It's even more than counting our blessings. It isn't just admiring good things; it’s looking through the goodness to its Source. And it's committing to seeking that Source with our entire selves, all our lives, no matter what we go through.
Prodigals – human as well as animal – don’t always look the way we expect. They might not strike us as bitter, rebellious, or unstable. Their inner struggles don’t always show in their attitude or actions.
Yet they still wander. They still need restoration.
And, whatever their driftings, God is more than willing to give it.
Jesus owed His life to no one.
Yet He chose to give it up. Because it was the only way to truly bring us and the entire creation "home".
At its core, Easter is a celebration of the central events of Christianity, the events that launched the faith and on which our hope is based: the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the world’s salvation.
What can a dog teach us about embracing the hope God offers in Christ?
In some ways, our cat Evangeline isn’t all that different from the Good News of Christ.