Closing Words: I think one of the most amazing stories that Jesus taught was the parable of the 'Prodigal Son'. You can read the entire story in Luke 15. The youngest son sets out to do his own thing and ends up in dire straits. I love what verse 17 says in the story: "Finally, he came to his senses and said, “My father’s workers have plenty to eat, and here I am, starving to death! 18 I will go to my father...". The story continues and we read that while the son was still a good distance from his home, his father saw him. I believe his father was continually watching, hoping, waiting for his son to come home. The young son has condemned himself and the father extends love. Guilt, shame and feelings of worthlessness are no match for the grace the father will lavish on his son. At any given moment, there is a bit of the 'prodigal son' in each of us but keep your focus on the Father. In John 3:1 we read this: "What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to." (The Message)
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