Day 23: Love Returns


Yesterday, my morning “To-Do” list read like this:

* Run w/ Jody
* Go to bank
* Meet with Jesus

That was it. And that is all I did. The boys were at school, Brent was on campus and the house was straight (enough). I poured a coffee and met with my friend.

We had some catching up to do. Lots to talk about.

But He wasn’t upset with me about being too busy. He didn’t fuss about my being a bit neglectful in my reading. He didn’t reprimand me for missing devotionals with my children.

No. He wrapped me in a warm blanket of grace. He loved on me. He didn’t pause for a second when I asked forgiveness. His “yes” was quick and compassionate. He listened intentionally as I went on and on about the things weighing on my heart. He was patient and understanding.

Do you ever feel as if too much time has passed in a friendship? Too many months have lapsed since your last call? Did you miss their birthday? If you call today, do you fear it might be awkward?

Maybe this is a “for-real-in-the-flesh” friend.

Or maybe this friend is Jesus?

Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. Mal 3:7

He wants to meet you. Right. Where. You. Are.

You don’t have to clean up. You don’t have to be put back together.

Just return.

I’m betting he has a warm blanket and a cup of joe waiting on you. A listening ear. And lots of forgiveness. It won’t be awkward. Promise.

Day 23: Love Returns

Today, put Jesus on your “To-Do” list. Make a point to sit and talk. Catch up with Him. He isn’t mad at you. His feelings aren’t hurt. He is just waiting on your return.

And maybe put a “for-real-in-the-flesh” friend on your “To-Do” list, too. Call that old friend from college. Or the city you lived in last. Ask about their work. Their children. Tell them you have missed them. It’s OK you haven’t called.

They’ve been busy, too.

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