We're the Same Soul

Dear Saints and Sinners,

What a Father’s Day it was when the prodigal son came home (Luke 15 1-3, 11-32). He had taken his half of the inheritance and gone off to the Las Vegas of his day to squander it all on fast times and loose living. When his money was gone he turned around and headed toward home hoping his Dad would give him a job as a day laborer in the family business. As the story goes, "while he was far off, his father ran to him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him." (Luke 15:20)

Mother's Day and Father's Day are emotional mine fields. Any group of people who surrounds you will run the gamut of positive and negative memories of parents during childhood.  Each of us has been that prodigal, hoping that someone is going to "run toward us while we are yet far off…"  We yearn to be made whole and healed of the brokenness and loneliness that none of us can escape.  It comes to all of us in some portion.

The rock star Bono of U2 sings of the brokenness in his relationship with his earthly father in the song Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own. One of the lines in the song goes "…we fight all the time , you and I ….that’s all right...we’re the same soul." 

Have you ever had a tough time with your Dad? Absolutely you have. We all have. The hope that is ours when times are difficult with our earthly father is to recognize that we have "the same soul" in that we share a Heavenly Father

Our Heavenly Father sent Jesus to be a prodigal in some ways to a lost land. A land of the squandered. Think about Jesus. He was accused by the authorities of his day of being a lawbreaker. The powerful chapter of Luke 15, which contains the story of the prodigal son, begins with the authorities watching Jesus for a violation of the law.

The Pharisee’s and the scribes were grumbling and saying , "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them." (Luke 15:2).

What great theological irony.  Jesus the prodigal son came to bring you home. Through the power of the resurrection, Jesus comes running after you to give you a hug, reclaiming you as his own...this day and for eternity.

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J Jensen

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