Darkness is a harsh term don’t you think?
And yet it dominates the things I see
It seems that all my bridges have been burnt
But you say that’s exactly how this grace thing works.
It’s not the long walk home that will change this heart
But the welcome I receive with every start
"Roll Away Your Stone" - Mumford and Sons.
“That brought him to his senses. He said, ‘All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. I’m going back to my father. I’ll say to him, Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.’ He got right up and went home to his father.
“When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’
“But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’
- Luke 15:17-24
1. Grace works in that it is undeserved favour towards you when all the odds are stacked against you.
2. It’s not the long walk home that will change my heart, but the welcome I receive with every start and He calls me, He calls you “my beloved, my child, my daughter/son” and He watches out for you, waiting for you to come back to Him, all while His heart pounds for you.