Today’s Gospel: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
The story of the prodigal son is so familiar that it’s almost hard to read. Even so, it’s a story that has long struck me close to my heart.
Like so many, I wandered away. I made terrible decisions. I all but spit in everyone’s face because, you know, “I can DO IT MYSELF!”
And when I came back, there were open arms. I expected (still expect) harsh judgments, critical lectures, or, at the very least, some flogging punishments. What I got instead was mercy, compassion, and love.
Now, as a parent, I find myself in a different part of the story. While I can still wander off (and still do!), it’s less likely I’ll be found feeding with pigs. But these young people in my life…the thought of them making decisions as I did drives me to my knees.
And it will send me running to the end of the road when they return!
Who needs your embrace today? How can you show mercy to that someone who needs it?
Father, help me to embrace others with the mercy you show me.
Copyright 2016 Sarah Reinhard
When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. You can find her online at SnoringScholar.com.