Friday, February 10, 2012

The Loving Father

As the old saying goes, “If you love someone, let them go. If they return to you, they are forever.” Nothing has been more true, especially in light of the Gospel and the Parable of the Prodigal Son. The younger son (of two brothers) demanded his early share of his father’s inheritance then went away and wasted the money on sinful living. All the while the father waited for his son to return. “He arose and came to his father. When he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.” (Luke 15.20)
The image of the father standing at the door morning and night waiting for the first glimpse of his son’s return is very powerful. This is the same love and devotion God has for us when we turn away from Him. He loves us enough to let us go, and then He waits for us to choose to return. When we do return to Him, He welcomes us with His warm embrace and love restoring us to our original status as His children. “The father said to his servant, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat it and be merry, for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and now is found.” (Luke 15.22-24)

This love of The Father is waiting for us to “come to ourselves” as the young prodigal son had done.  It is never too late for us to return to God in repentance for the life we have chosen to live away from Him. We may not even realize, as of now, that we are living a life away from Him, just as the prodigal son was enjoying his life. It was in the face of suffering that he realized where he was. It would be a shame for us to wait for such suffering to occur in our life. We should return now before we suffer any more.

God is standing at the gates waiting for us to turn and begin our journey toward Him. Let’s not waste another day.

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