Friday, July 26, 2013

With Wide Open Arms

Yesterday I met with a friend I hadn't seen in over twelve years. We had once been very close, not only in distances from our homes, but also from our hearts. Time sometimes pulls people apart and relationships are not forgotten, but become memories.

Through Facebook, we reconnected and recently made plans to meet for lunch. When she stepped out of her car in my driveway, we hugged and tears flowed. The love in my heart had not diminished.

Over lunch we shared pictures and wove together the strands of our lives during the years we'd missed. Just like a needle weaves threads into something whole and beautiful, we did the same with our words. We laughed over old memories and cried over new ones and created something lovely and whole. I have no doubt our meeting was orchestrated by God.

Yesterday reminded me how much God loves us. We may sometimes stray away from His love, but when we return He greets us with wide open arms. There is no amount of time or distance that will separate us from our Father's love.

Luke 15:20 "And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him."

My dear friend and I are reconnected. We will not let time or distance separate us again. This was only the first of many times together in the future. God has blessed us richly!

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