“Father, give me my share of the estate.???
I love to read books by the late author, Henry Nouwen.? Though he was a highly educated man, he had a childlike relationship with the Lord.? One of his books, “The Return of the Prodigal Son???, had some fresh insights into this parable, which I had not considered before.?
It is all about our relationship with God our Father. In essence, the lost son told his father, “I don’t want you, just the things you can give me.???? (I am quite sure you too, have had that experience.)
Although I had habitually viewed a prodigal as someone who turned his back on God and didn’t come back for many years.?
Henri Nouwen writes that all of us, in fact, can become prodigals many times a day. Whenever we choose to use God only as an “answer to prayer??? dispenser or if we remember Him in times of crisis only, we are like the prodigal son.? We choose His gifts rather than Him.?
When I stop to think about it, I feel so ashamed.? Compared to the feast of love the Father wants for me, I am like the prodigal, eating pig’s food.
The good news is that no matter how often we turn away from God and focus on His resources rather than on Him, He is always there, waiting for us with outstretched arms.? We are always welcome to come back and bask in His love.
~Father, I cannot comprehend Your awesome love and your total acceptance of Your children. We aren’t like that.? Give us the grace to love You more.? Amen
Finding our joy…
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