His Love & Mercy

Pastor Milt's message this past weekend was from Luke 15:11-32. The story is the Parable of the Prodigal ( Lost) Son. I have not given much thought to putting myself in the place of the main characters, (as he suggested in his sermon.) I can very well relate to the younger son in the grief I must have caused my parents a time or two. As a parent, I can relate to the rejoicing father, as well. I'm not sure that I can place myself in the position of the older son, but perhaps in a sense of, "I've done what was expected and look what I've gotten".

The prodigal son follows his own desires of freedom and living a self-pleasing life. The father, I assume, does sit back with some anxiety, but puts it in God's hands. That has been difficult. As a parent, I have been the "helicopter mom" who circles attempting to rescue. Putting all our faith and trust in God stands as a major theme, to me, in this story. As well as the unconditional love shown by this father as with our Heavenly Father.

The grace and mercy I have received is bountiful and I must be aware to show the same to others. 

This was written by a strong Woman of Faith, and I have been blessed in her words.

"God is always the Initiator of love and mercy-the kind that fills our weaknesses, the kind of perfection that covers our flaws, and the kind of shelter that says, 'I'm going to keep you and love you through all your failings.' Where we mess up, He mends it. Where we are weak, He is strong. Where we struggle with imperfections, He rushes in to touch us and lovingly shows us the way He sees us and calls us to be. He patiently listens to our doubts and fears and proclaims, you are loved and always will be loved and I am going to love you and forgive you to the very end."    By Sheila Walsh

"Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love."  2 John 1:3

Have a Blessed day, a gift from God!

Linda Culberson

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