“The LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 NRSV)
Here is a promise of being let into intimacy with God.
Our prayers will result in joy, for they will be accepted. God will gather us in and not shut us out. We will be known fully and nevertheless loved completely… Life will flow. What we do will have meaning. And so there will be a feeling of total inclusion.
No longer will we feel like strangers but like those who have come to the spiritual home for which we have always longed.
-- Gerrit Scott Dawson in Called by a New Name, published by The Upper Room, Nashville, TN. Used with permission.