In the world but not of it

June 5, 2010

Holding Him…

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When Joseph arrived, he embraced his father and wept, holding him for a long time. Genesis 46:29

Many years ago I had gone to an annual sale held by a distributor of Christian material and had picked up a picture that really intrigued me.

The picture depicted a heavenly scene with a person in the middle who was supposed to be Jesus. In the picture Jesus is hugging a man and you can only see the man’s back and Jesus’ face tucked into his neck, with his arms holding him tightly. Behind this within the clouds and the light emanating from heaven you can faintly make out two large hands surrounding Jesus and this man as if to communicate that the Father is embracing them together.

I still stare at this picture from time to time to remind me that someday my Lord will welcome me into His presence and that when He does I imagine holding Him for a long time, clinging without wanting to let go. I cannot even imagine the scene when Joseph saw his father. The years of anguish for both of them not knowing what had happened, thinking they lost each other for good.

I am convinced that we give so much attention to the concerns in this life that we neglect to stop and consider the depth of love our Father really has for us; the love that gave everything to make it possible for us to embrace Him one day in heaven.  We allow so many cares to disrupt this reality in our life.

I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

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