I won't be able to share everything but I did want to make sure I shared this.  disclaimer: I am not a writer.

During our Stay in Santiago,Chile

Throughout this trip I've had this image of the father RUNNING.  He was running with an indescribable look of joy on his face.  He had tears in his eyes but they were not tears of sorrow or sadness , they were tears of compassion and joy.   the image then turns into something like a movie clip, set in present time.   To the left i see a child in the distance, this child is tired, dirty, worn out, beat up, hungry, full of shame, and carries his head low.  Hesitantly, he looks up and sees his father RUNNING to him.  Doubt, fear, shame try to paralyze him but his heart fights through it and slowly one step at a time he starts moving forward towards his father.   It's weird, because I truly feel that I'm watching a movie, I'm rooting for the child, I'm overwhelmed with emotion, to see the father running towards his son! 

This same clip starts playing when we have visited a new city, talked to people on the street, when I've thought of home, when I've thought of my family, friends at home and all over the world, CSM students, Home Church (Central)...the clip of the father running towards his beat up broken child. 

Then, the music builds up and the father picks up his son and swings him around with all of his energy, strength, and love...it's a joy-love explosion!!  I can't even begin to describe the music, the color, the laughter, the loud crying in this moment but it breaks me EVERYTIME. 

If you are thinking, this is just the story of the prodigal son, something we teach in Sunday school, you are correct! BUT this isn't just an old story or parable...this is a reality.  God the father is RUNNING, he is running, he is running towards his child and that child is me, you, it's us, it's the person next to you, in front of you, next to you.

Can you hear the drum beat of his heart? It's coming closer, closer, and closer....he is running towards you.  RUN, Run ,run towards him, with every ounce that you can muster.  He wants to bring life back, he wants to blow life back to the dry bones.  He will give you new clothes and your REAL IDENTITY. Not just an identity you feel or think or an identity the world has given you, but your real identity as a son and daughter of the creator of the world, of life.  He is not a far away God that looks at us from a distance, he is a father that is desperate for a relationship, to walk with you every step you take in life.

Jon thurlow's lyrics coming in to mind as I sit here in Santiago, trying to write all this down so I don't forget.

"It's okay to believe, just open up and receive, cause, I  want you to have confidence in my love.""So stop acting as though you can earn it, I don't love you because you deserve it, I love you because that is who I AM, let love win."