Tuesday, November 16, 2010

In Other Words--He Keeps the Light On

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"Remember this. When people choose to withdraw far from a fire, the fire continues to give warmth, but they grow cold. When people choose to withdraw far from light, the light continues to be bright in itself but they are in darkness. This is also the case when people withdraw from God.”

~Augustine~

I was watching a television program this week about the unsung heroes of the World War--the mothers who sent their boys away many to never see them again. It told of one young man who disappeared over the South Pacific. Of his mother the comment was made that she left a light on every night until her death, always believing that he would some day return. That light represented safety and security and welcome. Even though her son had gone into the darkness of war she was signaling where safety could be found.

When we get caught up in the chaos and darkness of the world, there is one thing for certain, our safety base does not change. The light and the warmth and the protection of the Father's arms remains the same, no matter how far away we roam. The light is still on, the Father is still watching and open arms are still there. We can find refuge, quiet, and light. We just have to go back.

So he got up and went to his father.
But while he 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

Have you moved out into the darkness and the cold? Are you feeling distant? Return to the Father, he keeps the lights on.

Father thank you for welcoming me back when I wander away. Thank you for the safety of your arms. Forgive our wandering spirits and draw us to you. For Jesus' sake, amen.
Our hostess today is Kathryn at Expectant Hearts. Please visit and be blessed.

6 comments:

Tami Boesiger said...

AMEN to that prayer, MiPa! Thankful He is always there.

Debbie said...

I am so glad that God doesn't go anywhere. It is me who is wandering. And yet, He welcomes me back with His open arms. How precious is that? And then why would I ever want to wander?

Blessings and love,
Debbie

Loni said...

I love your title - He does always leave the Light on, doesn't He? Thanks so much for sharing!

I am joining in a little late, but am being encouraged as I read through everyone's thoughts. :)

Kristin said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Cindy said...

I love your prayer. I know I have said these words, this sentiment, so many times, through embarrased tears, through deepest humility, in deepest gratitude.

Thank you for this post.

All thru Him,
Cin

Karen said...

It's all about trusting in the Lord. Its not about demanding answers today. Its not about seeking our own. There is a great deal of peace found when seeking after God's own. I love how we will never make the journey alone! He's always there!