The Father’s love does not force itself on the beloved. Although he wants to heal us all of our inner darkness, we are still free to make our own choice to stay in the darkness or to step into the light of God’s love. God is there. God’s light is there. God’s forgiveness is there. God’s boundless love is there. What is so clear is that God is always there, always ready to give and forgive, absolutely independent of our response. God’s love does not depend on our repentance or our inner or outer changes.
-Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son
When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”
Luke 23: 33-34
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I recommend praying with “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury (inspired by the prayer above).
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