Date: Monday, September 16
Scripture: Luke 15:11-32
Verse: So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. (Luke 15:20)
Some of us have had the privilege of being there when our service men and women have returned from long deployments. We have seen them embrace spouses and children. They run toward one another, there are embraces, kisses, and tears. Often spouses and children are lifted off the ground when reunited with a loved one. Many of you reading this have not only witnessed this, you have lived it.
Imagine the joy the father in Jesus’ parable must have felt when he saw his son again. Many of us have heard this story so often, we’re not surprised by it anymore. We knew he was coming back when the story started. Jesus’ first hearers would have been shocked by the father running out to meet his son who had hurt him so deeply. Fathers didn’t run, especially not toward sons who had disrespected them. It was considered undignified. Remember he didn’t have shorts and Nikes on. He would have been wearing a robe and sandals. He would have had to hike up his robe to start running. Not a flattering way to be seen. But like the family reunited at the airport, there is no thought about dignity. There is no thought about what others may think. There is no thought of past hurts or wrongs. There is one thing present that matters – love.
You may think God is pretty disappointed with you. You may look at all the wrong you’ve done and be ashamed to even pray, thinking God doesn’t want to hear from you. Jesus reminds us that God is like this dad. He is scanning the horizon for you. As soon as you make an appearance, he will close the gap, running toward you. The son came ready to beg his father’s forgiveness. Little did he know he, and you, have already been forgiven.
Prayer: Oh God, my heavenly Father, thank you for loving me and forgiving me. Amen.
Action: Take a look at the video below for an example of a reunion.
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