A new girl arrived on Friday.  She ran away on Sunday.  She ran right back into the darkness she had been rescued from.  She ran into the arms of those who had betrayed her, sold her.

I have become really slow to judge over the years, and as I thought about this girl I chose to remember the times in my life I have run into the darkness.  


Afraid to hope.

Afraid to be seen.


At an event recently, they sang this song…


Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine

I couldn't earn it, and I don't deserve it, still You give Yourself away

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of Go

Sometimes the unknown of what we might find in the light keeps us in the dark.


The fear of failing.

The fear of being known.

Fear keeps us in the darkness.


I began to pray for the opportunity to share this reckless, pursuing love of God with those around me and I heard the spirit whisper…


“You have to receive it first.” 

Before we can love with a reckless, pursuing love

--we have to receive it. 

Lord may we be overwhelmed by your Love.

Love so fierce there can be no fear.

May we never long for the darkness we’ve been rescued from.

May we run toward the light.


But may we never forget that you found us in the darkness once

and if we find ourselves there again,

You will be faithful to go there with us.