You have been loved by your Father
And how thankful we are
that You want to share that love
Welcoming us in,
into the intimacy
are the Children of God
And You not only welcome us
but You long for us
You want this great big family
of loved ones
How encircling is Your heart,
I can’t wait to be with You
where You are
– Susie Stewart
Father, I long for the time when those You have given Me can join Me in My place so they may witness My glory, which comes from You. You have loved Me before the foundations of the cosmos were laid.
– John 17:24 (VOICE)
But for all who did receive and trust in Him, He gave them the right to be reborn as children of God
– John 1:12 (VOICE)
And now, children, stay with Christ. Live deeply in Christ. Then we’ll be ready for Him when He appears, ready to receive Him with open arms, with no cause for red-faced guilt or lame excuses when He arrives.
– 1 John 2:28 (MSG)
How blessed is God! And what a blessing He is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in Him. Long before He laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by His love. Long, long ago He decided to adopt us into His family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure He took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of His lavish gift-giving by the hand of His beloved Son.
– Ephesians 1:3-6 (MSG)
Father, I want those you gave Me
To be with Me, right where I am,
So they can see My glory, the splendor you gave Me,
Having loved Me
Long before there ever was a world.
Righteous Father, the world has never known You,
But I have known You, and these disciples know
That You sent me on this mission.
I have made Your very being known to them—
Who You are and what you do—
And continue to make it known,
So that Your love for Me
Might be in them
Exactly as I am in them.
– John 17:24-26 (MSG)
Photo by Susie Stewart