Let me ask you a question….. Do you wholeheartedly believe that God likes you? (I don’t mean LOVES you….because theologically God can’t do otherwise… He IS love)….. And not when you clean yourself up, or go to church, or eliminate traces of ugliness, but right now. In this moment. Right Here. Today. With all your faults and weaknesses and shortcomings and failures. He LIKES you! A lot! Luke 1:78-79 says “because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” Have you ever lived in a place of darkness? I have. This verse talks about how when we are dwelling, living in that dark place, God’s compassion comes into that darkness, like the dawn, to shine light into the dark places and guide us back onto the road. I am so incredibly thankful for that. The realization that God is Just, but still offers mercy, brings me to tears. It is BECAUSE He is Just, that we can see how rich His compassion is towards us. He sees our weakness. He knows that thing that we do that we hide from everyone else. He remembers that we are mere dust. Yet, like a father who tends to His children, He tenderly and compassionately draws us to Himself. How can you resist that kind of love?