But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NIV
A couple of Sundays ago, the lectionary reading was the familiar parable of the Prodigal Son. The young man spends his entire inheritance until he hits rock bottom and decides to return home. His father sees him far in the distance and runs out to greet him in an embrace. All has been forgiven, the dead has come to life, and the lost found.
Like the prodigal son, we may have done some despicable things. As a result, we may feel unworthy of the father's love. But our merciful, compassionate, and unconditionally loving God doesn't feel the same way. He knows our worth and sent his only son as an atonement despite our sin. So like the prodigal, when we come with repentance in our hearts, he rushes out with open arms to welcome and embrace us.
Loving Father, thank you for your unconditional love. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, you give us the promise of salvation. We come into your welcoming embrace with imperfect and repentant hearts. Renew us with your Holy Spirit, and lead us as we go into the world, sharing your unconditional love with others. Amen.