Saturday, July 04, 2009

Welcoming Home

This thought from Henri Nouwen hit hard when I read it. I'm wrestling with some things surrounding forgiveness these days, and finding it even more difficult than usual. To forgive from the heart without a trace of self-righteousness, recrimination or even curiousity seems an impossibility right now. But I am praying for a change of heart.

Welcoming Home

How do we welcome home our lost brothers and sisters? By running out to them, embracing them, and kissing them. By clothing them with the best clothes we have and making them our honored guests. By offering them the best food and inviting friends and family for a party. And, most important of all, by not asking for excuses or explanations, only showing our immense joy that they are with us again. (See Luke 15:20-24).

That is being perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. It is forgiving from the heart without a trace of self-righteousness, recrimination, or even curiosity. The past is wiped out. What counts is the here and now, where all that fills our hearts is gratitude for the homecoming of our brothers and sisters.