I like to compare God’s love to the sunrise. That sun shows up every morning, no matter how bad you’ve been the night before. It shines without judgment. It never withholds. It warms the sinners, the saints, the druggies, the cheerleaders — the saved and the heathens alike. You can hide from the sun, but it won’t take that personally. It’ll never, ever punish you for hiding. You can stay in the dark for years or decades, and when you finally step outside, it’ll be there. It was there the whole time, shining and shining. It’ll still be there, steady and bright as ever, just waiting for you to notice, to come out, to be warmed. All those years, I thought of God and light and the sun as judgmental, but they weren’t. the sunrise was my daily invitation from God to come back to life.
From page 19 of Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed. I don’t remember why I reserved this book from the public library but I’m glad I did. It’s the story of challenge and hope and climbing and falling down again. I don’t think I have any common experiences with Glennon Melton but the themes she writes about are wonderfully fresh and I don’t know why.