God's wonderful offer
Many people have experienced the warm security of
parental love. How wonderful if those who have missed out, and felt sorely
deprived, could share it after all! And those who still miss their happy
childhood could regain its beauty! Well, that's part of what God is offering us
- someone who really loves us, will do what's best for us, and never give up on
us, however many mistakes we make or times we behave badly, someone who always
understands us because we share something deep and lasting.
Divine Love and Wisdom is the source of
everyone's life, and in that sense mother-and-father of us all. (It is really
above gender categories but contains the beauty of both maleness and
femaleness.) God our Parent loves all the souls he has created, knows what
each one needs and is capable of, will care for, guide and protect us all - not
from every physical danger, but from the far worse, longer-term dangers of
self-centred living. He will do these things just so far as we allow him.
But that's the big question:
Do we really want to be God's children?
Wise parents realise that their children will in
the end choose their own lifestyle, and God wisely allows us freedom to accept
or reject his way. So Jesus tells us the story of The Lost Son
(or Prodigal Son - Luke 15:11-24). When we just please ourselves,
we renounce our heavenly father, but if ever we change our minds and humbly
return to him, he freely forgives and treats us still as his children.
God's love is
indeed unconditional, without limit - including even the elder, self-righteous
brother in the story.
A powerful symbol?
For some people belief in a loving Divine Parent
is delightful, but for others it doesn't work. That's OK. See God, if you
prefer, as wise ruler, gentle healer, brave liberator, brilliant creative
artist, or less personally as Rock or Light. Each symbol has its truth and
beauty with, power to inspire our growth in spirit.
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