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Halfway

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NIV).

O my God, I am utterly ashamed (Ezra 9:6; NLT).

With you there is forgiveness (Psalm 130:4; NIV).

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

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You don’t meet us halfway, Lord, 
Almighty though you are –

Instead, you run to greet us
Exactly where we are.

And then you hug and kiss us,  
Though we shrink away in shame,

But you are all forgiveness,
And we’re welcomed home again.

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Love one another

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another (1 John 4:11; NIV).

Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss (1 Thessalonians 5:26; NIV).

 

Lord,
Although you’re with me,
I can’t hug you;

But I can hug your people,
Here, instead.

And,
Although you’re with me,
I can’t kiss you;

But I can kiss your people,
Here, instead.

 

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Alive

Alive

Depression haunts my days (Job 30:16; NLT).

“Is it your wisdom that makes the hawk soar and spread its wings toward the south?” (Job 39:26; NLT).

The wind blows and we are gone – as though we had never been here
(Psalm 103:16; NLT).

“The LORD brings death and makes alive” (1 Samuel 2:6; NIV).


Father,
Today, I felt alive!

I was having a great bike ride,
And then I crashed,
And a kind woman
Stopped to help me;

And I saw a sparrow-hawk,
Sitting on a step
Not ten feet away,
And we gazed at each other
For a long moment,
Until it spread its wings
And flew away;

And a friend put my chain back on,
And bandaged my knee,
And got me some water,
And gave me a hug;

And I cycled home
Against the untethered wind,
Soaring through wide blue skies
And streaming clouds
Towards your infinite, shining sea –

And for the first time ever,
I knew I was truly alive.

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