God's Relentless Love

I would like to share a short story…

Before our worship service began on Monday night at The Gathering a man sitting in the front row motioned for me to come over.  I recognized him, but had never formally introduced myself.  He was wearing a knit cap and a red sweater, and was carrying a backpack.  He told me that he has really enjoyed the service the past few weeks, which in his estimation, would be a shock to his family and friends.

“My family wouldn’t believe me if I told them I’ve been going to church for the past few weeks.  I’ve never believed in God and certainly never attended church,” he said.  I asked him why he has enjoyed being at Embrace on Monday evenings.

His answer was simple, “I feel good here.  I think I have heard God speaking to me for the first time in my life.  This church is doing good work.  I just want you to know that.”

That’s what we’re about at Embrace.

The desire of God’s heart is immeasurably larger than our imaginations can conjure. This longing of God’s to give us peace and assurance and a sense of well-being only awaits our willingness to cooperate with God’s limitless [love]…It is precisely because we have such an overactive disapproval gland ourselves that we tend to create God in our own image. It is truly hard for us to see the truth that disapproval does not seem to be part of God’s DNA. God is just too busy loving us to have any time left for disappointment.
— Greg Boyle, "“Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion”

-Pastor John