This is a guest post by Fr. Eric Werts.
One of my favorite parables is the Lost Sheep. The Shepherd does not simply wait for the straying sheep to return. He searches for it. He brings it back on his shoulders of forgiveness.
If I may dare to suggest that the Gospel is not totally accurate, I offer an enhancement. If you or I stray, through sin or loss of faith, God does not need to search for us. God comes with us in the first place. God constantly offers love, grace, and an invitation to rejoin our lives with him/her. If we have strayed so far from our original path that we cannot return to it, God offers us new paths to travel back to God.
A priest I know calls God the “Fixer of broken dreams.” By this he means that when we destroy a dream for walking with God, God provides new dreams. If only we will accept them.
Our God simply wants our love. God loves each of us no matter what. God stands before us with open arms. God wants us to step within his/her arms so that we may experience and live within God’s loving embrace.