Return to the Father

So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.

Luke 15: 20

Last week I had a beautiful vision during my quiet time. I saw the Father standing on mountain which overlooked a town. The town reminded me of old towns that you find here in Germany. The Father’s eyes were very focused on this place. His face was emanating bright light, and even His white robes radiated light. His hair and beard were white with specks of gold in it. This is how I sometimes see Him in encounters. He looks so much like Jesus, but older but at the same time young.

Then I saw Him step down and His feet touched the ground in the city. You could feel the weight of His presence all around that place as He ‘arrived’. I stood next to Him, looking up as He was huge in stature. I noticed people in the houses, but they didn’t come out to meet us. Instead they hid themselves and looked at us behind closed doors and behind curtains at the windows.

Then the Father started to release His light, which was the essence of His love, and it spread throughout the city. It went through the walls, into the the homes, a wave of His love like the rays of the sun, it warmed the soul and revived the spirit. I got hit with it myself as I stood next to Him. The yearning in His heart for intimacy with His children was so strong, I doubled over as if in pain, yet at the same time I felt like I was soaring.

After some time, the Father went back up and sat on the mountain and looked down upon the city. I saw people start leaving their hiding places. They had been deeply touched by the Father’s love and their hearts were now turned towards Him. I saw many climb the mountain to make their way up to Him. The Father would pick each one of them up in His hand, one by one, lift them up to His face, look them straight in the eyes, face to face. His countenance shone upon them, forever changing them, His breath was all over them. They in turn reflected His light; His perfect love cast out all fear and all darkness fled, they breathed in His breath of life.

Then the Father lowered His hand to His heart, and I saw a door that was open, and each of His beloved children went through the door, straight into the Father’s heart.

I asked the Father what place this was where we were. He told me it was a city where the Prodigals hid. WOW, isn’t that amazing. His love really is relentless, overwhelming and it will chase you down. You cannot escape the Father’s love. You can make your bed in the deepest darkness, or run away to the ends of the earth, the Father’s love is still there with you:

I can never escape from your Spirit!
    I can never get away from your presence!
If I go up to heaven, you are there;
    if I go down to the grave, you are there.
If I ride the wings of the morning,
    if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
even there your hand will guide me,
    and your strength will support me.
I could ask the darkness to hide me
    and the light around me to become night—
but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
    Darkness and light are the same to you.

Psalm 139: 7-12

He is the Great Shepherd and He does go after His lost sheep, none is forgotten by Him. There is always an invitation from the Father: “Return to My heart My beloved children.” It is the Father’s cry to welcome home and fellowship with each of His children. We are the very reason that He sent His only begotten Son to die, so we could be reconciled to Him. Oh how DEEP the Father’s love for us!

 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.  For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.  So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”  For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

2 Cor 5: 18-21 NLT

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

If you are a prodigal, please come home. There is a love waiting for you like you cannot even imagine or comprehend. It will completely restore you and renew you. There is relationship waiting for you with Your heavenly Father, there is a dance waiting to be danced with only you and Him, the dance a Bride has with her Father before she is handed over to the Bridegroom. Return to Him dearest one.

We thank you dearest Father in heaven for your relentless love. Your love found us and brought us home. You forgave us all our transgressions, they are forever forgotten, and You placed us into the realm of Your heart, where we can fellowship with You forevermore. We ask you to do the same Father, for all our unsaved family members and friends, and also for all those whom you have created. Bring them home into the sheepfold, into Your embrace, into Your presence, into Your heart. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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