As I admired what lay before me through the steam of my coffee, I felt the whisper of the Father's voice in my heart.
I do not stand with Israel Folau, and it is neither helpful nor necessary, nor wise, nor Biblical, for other Christians to "stand" with him as has been recently proposed.
"I experienced the depths of grief and despair over the death of a girl I had never known." --- This piece was both a reflection of how I had been affected by the horrific tragedy and a desperate plea from an utterly broken heart.
In Tom Walker’s song ‘Leave a Light On’, there is a picture of the prodigal son. It is not only God’s role to wait and embrace the returning prodigal. As we have freely received the grace of God, we must freely give it. It is our duty, as disciples of Christ, to act as the father - waiting for our prodigal sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers and friends to come back to their home and to their identity as children of God.