ANOTHER IMAGE OF GOD. At WEMO (that is, WEst MOrris Street Free Methodist Church), I've been naming distorted images of God and offering a handful of more worthy images reflected in the life of Jesus. The Luke 15 story of the waiting father is, to me, one of the most helpful images of God in the Bible. This painting by Rembrandt idealizes the story. Henri Nouwen reflects on it in The Return of the Prodigal. Helmut Thielicke's work on the parables of Jesus is also insightful. I hope to explore this story on Sunday morning at 10:30 am at WEMO. If you're in the area, you're welcome (www.westmorrisfm.org).
SEARCHING EVERY DAY FOR US. Most have never assciated the word "father" with the description in Luke 15. Here's Chip Ingram's comment on it:
“The Father is searching every day, waiting for us to come home. Our repentance doesn’t generate the love he has for us; it brings us into an experience of his love. Jesus taught that the Father feels compassion for you every single moment of every single day. His arms are open and he’s going to kill the fatted calf and put a ring on your finger and sandals on your feet to let you know you’re a beloved daughter or son. He’s got a warm coat of blessing to put over your shoulders when you step in from the cold. He wants to show you how much he has loved you all along” (Chip Ingram in God: As He Longs For You to See Him).