‘not your garments.’

“Yet even now,” declares the LORD,
“return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
and rend your hearts and not your garments.

Return to the LORD your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;
and he relents over disaster.

Joel 2:12-13

Like a breeze out of the dimness of antiquity, the truth surrounds and rushes past us leaving goosebumps on our skin.  Distant echoes reassure us, I have been after your hearts all along. The outer courts and the meticulously worded blessings beg us to see the continuity; Grace is not a stopgap measure, not an improvisation. It was the plan from the beginning. Home has been here forever, for everyone. Welcome back.

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~ by justinhong on January 28, 2011.

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