In the maze of relationships there is someone true.  And this love looks for you.

Who authored the heart and the way it can miss someone?  The way it pulses, throbs, and races fast like a well-winded horse running full speed at the thought of another.  Jonathan Martin speaking at The Practice this January made the statement,  “God isn’t loving; God is love.”  The answer is the Author.  The Spirit of God within you, around you.  Running to you.

Your hand on the door and I turn from my desk to look if you’ve come home.  Over and over I’ve seen your face, your chestnut hair, your wide grin, your pull me in eyes like pools of promise in the world looking back at me.  Your courage and laughter returning to me daily. The dogs rouse at your car pulling in, the sound of your approach.  I desire to love better, to welcome you back to me with more affection than the dogs who faithfully wag rejoicing at your return.  The daily chemistry of your closeness pulls me out of winter, out of the ice-cold hate in the world, it stops the hypothermia from taking hold and I long to give my gratitude, my love back to you.  Daily I look for you and want to give you the gift of my attention, my conversation, my all.

“People go
but how
they left
always stays”
Rupi Kaur, Milk & Honey

You go so well.  I like that you know how to leave me.  Go and come home again and again because I know one day one of us won’t and life will not give us another chance to love.

“I looked at everyone and wondered where they came from, and who they missed, and what they were sorry for.” Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Love looks for you.

Love incarnate acted dangerous even scandalous as the Messiah sought sinners.  He began to change our perspective.   He welcomed the woman with five broken relationships, an outcast from love lost.  The surgical master put love under the knife cutting away the fat and exposing the misperceptions we have about God.  He a master chemist dared to love forming new bonds with social nonconformists, the love-broke, with us.    He looks for you.  He welcomes you home.  He calls you son. He calls you daughter.

“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.” Luke 15:20

Now all the tax collectors and sinners [including non-observant Jews] were coming near Jesus to listen to Him. Both the Pharisees and the scribes began muttering and complaining, saying, “This man accepts and welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Luke 15:1

Study further the love that looks for you. Luke 15.  And listen to Jonathan Martin speaking on love at the Practice Jan 22nd.  I am thankful for the thoughts he shared and how they directly influenced the words above.

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