Our lives are a process of gradually opening our arms wider and wider to God’s love. There is a link between this process and an increase in knowledge and insight. The more we comprehend about Your love for us the greater our capacity for love becomes. It would seem to be like the gradual growing of a flower from seed to blossom.
The physical act of embracing is more than just a hug. It is an effort of total loving acceptance signified by the desire to almost literally squeeze another into unity with one’s self; and the first posture of an embrace is a welcome opening of one’s arms to the other. This is a choice – an act of the will based on knowledge.
We know the great love You have for us. We know Your forgiveness and mercy. We know You will never stop pursuing us. We know You embrace us. With all this knowledge, however, we often still find barriers in our lives to embracing You. We do well to reflect on the fact that open arms and an embrace is often a one-sided affair: I may embrace someone who would not embrace me and vice versa. The open-armed offer of our love, like Your love for us, should not be contingent upon reciprocation. Our growth in love is a growth in unconditional giving with gratitude for, but not reliance upon, receiving.
So, as we live out our lives we, at least metaphorically, widen the span of our open arms to You and to others as our knowledge of You and others increases. The completed mutual embrace is the goal we seek.