“When the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” ~ Titus 3:4–5
The forgiven life. The grace-filled life. It begins with an embrace, which is more than an elegant word for hug. Hugs are short-lived and friendly,
handed out like after-dinner mints to acquaintances and strangers alike.
An embrace is more intentional. Longer. Warmer. Far more personal. We gather someone close–a spouse, a child, a friend, a sibling–and murmur words of comfort and affection. Or we simply let the strength of our embrace express the depth of our thoughts and feelings.
Wherever you are spiritually, whatever you have been through emotionally, you are already wrapped in the Lord’s embrace. Held close by nail-scarred hands. Enfolded in the arms of One who believes in you, supports you, treasures you, and loves you.
He is waiting for you to embrace him in return. To accept the gift he’s offering you. To listen for the whispered words you’ve longed a lifetime to hear: You are loved. All is forgiven.
— Excerpted from Embrace Grace by Liz Curtis Higgs