Sunday, November 22, 2009

Bread for the Journey

Our daughter shared with us how they had told their kids that one day Jesus would return and take us all to heaven. They talked about the wonder of heaven and that it would be forever, meaning we would never have to say goodbye to people we love. The kids really liked that and our grandson eagerly asked, “Has He started running yet?”

At first I thought that it was an odd question to ask. Then I began to see something beautiful. While I imagine Jesus floating down from heaven in majestic power, he was imagining Jesus running! Isn't that what you do, when you see a loved one you haven't seen in a long time?Sometimes I think our adult minds have lost something very special!

"But while the son 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

Father, I thank you that in the story of the prodigal son you have shown us your father heart. You have shown us how you long for us to turn our hearts toward home . . . so that we can live with you forever.

14 comments:

  1. Such a pretty thought! My little friend Corrie, who is six, said she was worried about getting to heaven because she would miss friend chicken. I told her that God says that our lives there would be complete and I hoped we would have fried chicken. She said, "But, Matty, nothing dies in Heaven."

    I had no answer!

    Thanks for a great post!

    Matty

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  2. Thanks for the message this morning.

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  3. That's such a good thought -Jesus running for us! Have a great sunday.
    vickie

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  4. Just this past week we received the 'running love hugs of welcome' from 2 of our grand kids. We just arrived back from an extended holiday and had looked so forward to seeing them. I loved the way your grandson pictured jesus running....to greet us! Wow. Thanks for these thoughts this morning.....another beautiful way to start my day....thinking that God loves us so much. Enjoy your Sunday. Kathy

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  5. out of the mouth of babes comes some of the best insight and wisdom

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  6. This is a beautiful thought,Jesus running to meet us.Thanks for the day brightener.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  7. The faith of a child.. our best example. Thank-you, Anneliese..a beautiful devotional.

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  8. I regularly have the joy of grandchildren running to greet us with huge smiles and hugs. What a wonderful look at Christ's return.
    Thak you for sharing this with us.

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  9. Out of the mouths of babes ~~~
    thank you for the story.
    ...running to greet him...
    a beautiful image in my mind & heart today~
    Maria

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  10. I just found your site a few weeks ago. My family are Mennonites from Western OK. Your header picture looks lilke zwiebach. We pronounce it "Tveback" 2 pieces of bread. I recognized it immediately. Each dialect is so different.

    Thank you for a great blog.

    Maxine

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  11. What a beautiful story, and an adorable little boy!
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  12. I agree with Julie, the faith of a child is something we can all learn from.

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  13. great thoughts - thanks for sharing

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  14. Oh my gosh, that thought just touched me right to the core of my being. I could weep with delight at this insight.

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