It loves you and accepts you – knowing (or not knowing) what you have done or where you have been – it loves and accepts you just as you are.
There is nothing you can do or have done or will do to make it turn away from you.
It has no limits.
There is always a second chance waiting.
It waits patiently with open arms.
It smiles and says, “You don’t have to be perfect for me. Please stop striving for perfection or some other ideal.”
It gently reminds you, “You don’t have to prove anything to me.”
If you embrace it, it will transform, heal and restore you.
This is God’s grace for you.
It’s limitless and everlasting.
It’s based on my heart, not your actions.
It will never leave you – as far away as you run – it will still be there.
It wants to wipe away your tears, if you’ll let it.
It is patient and kind and bears all things.
It will move you to pray and care for even your worst enemies.
It is sacrificial – it is for you at the cost of me – and that is okay.
It flows from the one who is Love – God.
If you open your heart and receive it, it will transform, heal and free you.
This is God’s love for you.
When you have given up, it still believes.
When you are being swallowed by despair, it holds on to you tight!
It is the light in the deepest darkness.
It never sleeps or slumbers.
It is founded on endurance and character.
It transforms the impossible into possible.
It gives you a reason to believe even when all evidence is to the contrary.
If you hold it, it will bring you through anything in this world.
This is God’s hope for you.
It makes you still and know God.
It surpasses all understanding.
It is better than anything else in this world that you seek to find comfort in or through.
It is a refuge in a storm.
It will make you stay still when you want to run.
It will whisper to you and settle you when all you can hear is noise and static.
It will give you rest when you are weary.
It will fall like a gentle rain and quench the fires of panic and anxiety in your soul.
It cannot be made, imitated, or put on.
If you know it, it will make you as solid as a rock that nothing in this world can break or tear down.
This God’s peace for you.
It doesn’t change with circumstances.
It’s a constant flame – fueled by gratitude and appreciation for what has been done for you.
It’s better and bigger and deeper and truer than happiness.
It’s a constant trust in God’s goodness.
It gives you reason to celebrate even when all is lost.
It has its eye on the eternal.
It gives you unlimited strength.
It’s visible evidence of a life with God’s hand upon it.
It is a great encouragement to others.
If you have it, your need for things in this world will disappear.
This is God’s joy for you.
My arms are wide open to embrace you with my all-forgiving, all-encompassing grace.
I have loved you with an everlasting love – it’s why I went to the cross.
I never leave you, and I have a plan for you – a plan of future and hope; after all, I am alive even though I died!
I want to hold you until you stop trying to run away and you know the beauty and stillness of my peace.
I don’t want you to just be happy – I want you to have my joy and for it to be complete in you.
All of these – grace, love, hope, peace and joy are all for you – from me.
This is God’s Son Jesus, who was, is and will be always – for you.
Rev. Christopher B. Wolf
Rev. Christopher B. Wolf is the author of Giving Faith a Second Chance: Restarts, Mulligans and Do-Overs (2007) and the forthcoming, With You: Every Step of the Way (2011).
“It is a matter of sharing and bearing the pain and puzzlement of the world so that the crucified love of God in Christ may be brought to bear healingly upon the world at exactly that point.” N.T. Wright