Date: Thursday, April 3
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)
When I was a seminary student, I drove limousines. It is not as glamorous as it sounds. Mostly I was driving nice station wagons to and from the airport. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time in airports waiting for my clients’ flights to land. Often I would have the privilege of seeing someone being greeted by family and friends as they came home. There in one of the busiest airports in the country, they were so excited to see one another, they forgot anyone else was there.
In Jesus’ parable of the lost son, today’s reading, the father in the story teaches us something about God, and God’s relationship to us. When the father runs to greet his son when he has finally returned home, we learn of God’s deep love for each one of us. As the father acts socially undignified according to the norms of the day, by running, so too our God is not above being so moved by his love for us, he will come to meet us where we are, so he can embrace us and welcome us back into his family.
While God created us to be in relationship with one another, we were also wired to be in relationship with him. We often forget how much God longs to be close to us. Maybe you feel very distant from God. Maybe you have wondered if you have messed up one too many times, and God has given up on you. Maybe you feel very alone, uncertain if there is anyone who actually cares for you. Today, may you remember this image of God running toward his prodigal child, and may you picture him also running toward you. Turn toward him today. Take one more step toward home.
Prayer: Thank you God for running toward me. Amen.
Action: Plan a welcome home celebration today. As your family or friends return from work and/or school, celebrate their presence.
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