Happy Sunday Morning!
Today's post will be short and sweet. I am following an urge and we will see where it leads us.
Have you ever talked back to movie characters? You know you do. "Don't go outside to see what the noise is, you idiot!"...."Just tell the guy you really love him already!"... Or "Okay tell us who is being eliminated, right now!"
I often wanted to talk back to the desperate people in old movies who decided to talk to God about their situation. I remember an old western where an elderly man gets down on his knees and opens his prayer with these words,
"Dear God, Henry Johnson here. I'm not a church goer and it's been a long time since we talked, but..."
Variations of that apologetic and introductory prayer have been repeated in many movies and books. Even sweet, good-hearted George Bailey felt the need to provide a forward to his prayer......
God is not a museum display. There are no "DO NOT TOUCH" or "TAKE A TICKET" signs around His presence. The velvet rope is on the ground. We can step over it now. He disconnected it because He wants us close to Him. God likes our voices, our tears and our laughter. He enjoys us....and not in a condescending got-to-put-up-with-these-people kind of way.
There IS NO VELVET ROPE.
Forgiveness for whatever is already given. You do not have to do anything but accept it. Too simple? Yep, it is too simple. We want to make penance and feel we DESERVE His attention. But the velvet rope is down. He already did what needed to be done to give us access to Him. It is done.
He knows your name, your laugh and your quirks. Go ahead and talk to Him, He is listening .....with a smile on His face.
I am honored to be included in a special Thanksgiving Daily theme over at 5 Minutes for Faith today!
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