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Attempting to obey God and follow Jesus Christ our Lord

The Parable of the Lost Son

In The Parable of the Lost Son, found in Luke 15:11-32, Jesus tells a tale of a selfish son who arrogantly asks for his share of his inheritance while his father is still living, and then goes off and squanders every last cent with wild living. After his spending frenzy, the foolish son was in desperate need in the midst of a severe famine. He finally found a job feeding pigs in the fields. As a Jewish male, he had hit rock bottom. Not only was he interacting – touching swine – which were considered completely unclean, but he was so hungry that he found himself envious of the food that he was feeding to those very pigs. In a moment of clarity, the son came to his senses and realized that his father’s hired men had food to spare, and that perhaps if he went back to him with a repentant heart, his dad might be so kind as to hire him on as one of his laborers. So, off he went to face his father. “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.” – (vs20b) After the son’s confession and plea for forgiveness, the father abundantly gave. He restored the son to his position in the family, despite the contemptuous behavior he had previously displayed through his departure and wild living. Not only did the father embrace the son, but he called for a feast to celebrate his son’s return.

Our God in heaven celebrates us in the same way. No matter how horrible we have been, He waits. When He sees our hearts turn toward Him, He runs to meet us while we are still far from Him. As we repent, He restores us to right relationship with Him, and recognizes us as His heirs – His sons and daughters. Though we too, have stooped so low as to be muddied and hungry and hurting, He has always been watching and waiting – and when we at last recognize our need for cleansing and His care, He is right there. May we both embrace the grace that we have been given and extend the same to those who are still stuck in a muddy space.

Stuck in the mud,The Parable of the Lost Son

our own sinful mess;

seems no escape,

until we confess.

Our God forgives,

fresh start He shall bring;

draws hearts to Him,

our Savior and King.

He wipes away,

our mud and our mess;

grants us His grace,

His great faithfulness.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are the Father, and we are Your lost sons and daughters, whom You are ready and able to save. Thank You that You waited and watched for us, even when we were still far off. Thank You that You are willing to woo us unto You, and show us how great Your love truly is. Forgive us for wallowing in our own filth, or for somehow thinking that You would not receive us in our wretched condition. Thank You that You accept us and love us far beyond what we can even begin to understand. Teach us to receive all that You offer, and in turn, to extend the same love and grace to all whom we encounter. May Your love in us, draw others unto You as well. Let the lost be found, and those who are searching, find the security that is held in the safety of Your loving embrace. Be glorified in all that we say and do. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

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One response

  1. Perfect – today – this is perfect – someone really needs to se this.
    ~ Eric

    January 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm