Angela Ashwin

Reflection for August


 Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you,
I have called you by name,
you are mine.
Isaiah 43:1b

All the time
God waits - 
like the father of the prodigal son in Jesus' story,
faithfully waiting
for the return of the young man
who had wandered away into a far country
and had got into a lot of trouble.

All the time
God sees.
Nothing can be hidden,
but everything is understood by God.

All the time
God loves,
and is calling you, by your name . . . 

'While the son was still far off, his father saw him,
and was filled with compassion;
he ran and put his arms round him and kissed him.'
Luke 15: 20. From Jesus' parable of the Prodigal Son

This reflection is adapted from 'Calling your Name' in Wait and See,  by Angela Ashwin, published by Eagle, 1997 (Meditation 22,  page 59). This book , like its companion Wait and Trust, is out of print, but can be obtained second hand.