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Luke 15:20 “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”

I’m not sure how long the father prayed and waited for his son to return home after his son had absconded with his inheritance and abandoned his family to explore the world alone. The Prodigal Son was always loved deeply. But he didn’t feel it. He felt like a failure. He had to hit bottom before he could swallow his pride and creep back home to beg his father’s forgiveness.

What does it feel like to be the Prodigal? Alone. Separated from loved ones. A loser. A bum. Someone who thought that money was the answer and that success would come by living a life on his own without regard for others.

I think the Prodigal was scarred (and scared). Scarred by life experiences that just happened. He lost all his money. Famine hit. He became a slave in a foreign country just to survive. These scars upset his world.

But he still had a loving father who was awaiting his return. He was never really alone, even though he didn’t understand it until he saw his father from a distance coming to hug him and welcome him home.

Do you know a prodigal? Love them deeply. Pray for light to enter their lives so they can see through the darkness and head toward the Father’s loving light that will bring them home to a place where they are deeply loved and nurtured.

Thank you Jesus, for loving the prodigal. Thank you for loving saints and sinners alike. Enfold us together. Show us your light when even the days seem darkened by circumstances. My hope is in you Lord. Amen.

Carole Schumacher

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