INTO THE LIGHT

INTO THE LIGHT 

The Father’s love does not force itself on the beloved. Although He wants to heal us of all our inner darkness, we are still free to make our own choice to stay in the darkness or to step into the light of God’s love. God is there. God’s light is there. God’s forgiveness is there. God’s boundless love is there. What is so clear is that God is always there, always ready to give and forgive, absolutely independent of our response. God’s love does not depend on our repentance or our inner or outer changes.
-Henri J.M. Nouwen
The Return of the Prodigal Son