“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” ~Luke 15
One of my favorite stories in scripture is known as The Parable of the Prodigal Son. Although, it is really the story of two prodigal sons—and one amazingly grace-filled father. You know the story, the focus is on the runaway son who demands his inheritance now so he can spend it on wine, women and song (or something like that!). Then there is the grumpy older brother, who is resentful of his younger brother, and I am guessing anyone who is not as “righteous” as he.
And the father? When the youngest son finally runs out of options and returns home, his father runs to him with open arms. Place yourself in that moment—and picture our heavenly father running to you with wide open arms. The son is welcomed home with a feast—not only literally, but in every sense of the word—a feast of forgiveness and love and grace by his overjoyed father. And the grace-impaired elder son? The father begs him to join in the feast, but he refuses.
The father in the parable then tells this resentful son, “Everything I have is yours.” Pause on that a moment—Everything – Everything I have is yours. This is a promise not only to two beloved sons, but to each of us. Everything in God’s hands is given to us—mercy, grace, unfailing love, unending faithfulness, new life.
How would your life be different today if you really believed God was saying these words to you?
With Fall Blessings,