“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 this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate Luke 15:22-24
Yesterday I talked about the older son in the “Prodigal Story”. Today, we look at the younger son. Much has been written about this young man, and I have seen many clients who have their own “prodigal child” story. Seeing a child make poor decisions is heartbreaking and gives parents a feeling of helplessness.
It seemed a bit surprising to me that the father quickly acceded to his young son’s rash request to “give me my share of the estate”. There is a world of context that one might project on to this request, but I will try not to read minds here. The young son had a plan, and he wanted to gratify those plans right away. Likely, he had a history of rash decisions and lack of discipline, but who knows.
It took a little while before his bad decisions caught up with him, but, such things inevitably happen. We reap what we sow. When the runaway son really saw the poor state that he was in, he began to think rationally again. Prior to that, I’m guessing his pride and his denial prevented such rational thinking. However, there usually comes a time when we can no longer hide from our circumstances.
Fortunately, the son saw what a blessing he had left behind- a loving father who would take him back. He also decided to come back with a humble spirit. He would only ask his father to take him back as a servant since he felt unworthy to be called his son anymore.
Once again, the father’s response was graceful. There was never a question that his son was always his son. Nothing can stop a loving father from loving his kids! “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 this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate
Such is God’s love for his children, whom he always seeks to restore.
Prayer: What a lesson Jesus taught in this story. How powerful and reassuring, Amen