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Lessons From Animals--"Run"

"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!"
1 John 3:1a


The other day I was in my house with Annie, one of my two dogs. Kasey, my other dog, was in the backyard. We walked out the front door, and Annie shot off around the corner, sort of "leaping/running" the way grown puppies do when they're excited. I knew exactly where she was going--she was going to see Kasey.

Good friends!

Kasey may be my dog, but I've known for a while that Annie is Kasey's dog. Annie adores Kasey, and loves nothing more than to wrestle and play with her. And this was clearly seen as we walked outside--she was so excited as she ran off to find her best friend, Kasey.

When is the last time you were that excited to see someone? When is the last time you actually RAN, you were so excited to see that person?

Jesus tells us that God runs to us. Starting at Luke 15:11, Jesus tells a story about a son who left his father and home. In time, though, the son wanted to return--but wasn't sure how his father would welcome him. In the story, the father represents God; and Jesus says this: "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him" (Luke 15:20).

God runs to us! He has such love and compassion for us that He runs to us. The sins of the past no longer matter; God's love overcomes that. Has it been a while since you've come "home" to God, and God's love? God is eagerly waiting. And once He sees you take that first step, He will run to you, take you in His arms, and carry you the rest of the way home.

It's a good place to be.


In Christ,


--Pastor Dan


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