The parable of the lost son.

Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘father, give me my share of the estate.’ so he divided his property between them. “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to the fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating but no one gave him anything.”when he came to his senses, he said,’how many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: father, I have sinned against heaven and against you, I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants. So he got up and went to his father. “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, through his arms around him and kissed him. “The son said to him, ‘father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “but the father said to his servants,’ quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For the son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost in his found.’ so they began to celebrate.” Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied,’and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ “the older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father,’Look! All of these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ ” ‘My son,’ the father said,’ you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ ” Luke 15:11-32. I love the story of the wayward son because it reminds me a lot of my life. I will come to God wanting to do whatever he wants and then I backslide doing whatever I want for a week or two and then realizing that that’s not what I really truly want for my life. Then I come back to God with knees bent and hands folded asking for his forgiveness. God does not want us to go away from him but be nearest to his heart. It breaks his heart whenever we go astray because we are his children. As you can see from this story it doesn’t matter how far down you feel you have fallen, God is always there with an outstretched hand waiting for a warm embrace. If you feel like you have fallen too far from Grace you would be wrong. There’s nothing you can do in your life that will make God, the person who created all of us to turn his back on you. So take heart today child and come back to your Father, please. Repent and ask for forgiveness and he will forgive you. If this is your wish today then I challenge you to get back in God’s good graces, please join me in prayer. Dear heavenly father thank you for yet another beautiful day. We know that we have stumbled and fallen away from you. Help us to get back on track Lord. Please forgive us for all of our sins and trespasses we repent and get back on your path. We know that your leadership and guidance is what is needed in our life to have the best life possible and not lean on our own understanding. Thank you for all that you do for us each and every day Lord. In Jesus precious name, Amen!

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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