God’s Open Arms

Deuteronomy 4:30

When you are in tribulation, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, you will return to the LORD your God and obey his voice.

C.S. Lewis said, “Virtue, even attempted virtue, brings light.  Indulgence brings fog.”  For clearing away fog, pain is sometimes necessary.  As Samuel Johnson once observed, “Nothing so wonderfully concentrates the mind as the prospect of a hanging.”  If you are suffering for your sins, thank God for the wake up call and turn back to him.  Don’t take it as a sign you’ve been rejected but rather take it for what it is: a call to return to his open arms.  His love is everlasting.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a Catholic author, blogger, and speaker.

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