Jesus tells a story about a son who demands his inheritance early and then leaves home for a far country where he wastes his property in reckless living. The son ends up starving, desperate, and guilty. He heads back home, hoping that he can survive becoming a servant to his father. Have you ever felt desperate and alone in a far country with no hope? Who will help you and welcome you?
The father sees his عناق الأب son at a distance and feels compassion for him. He runs and embraces him and kisses him. He does not treat him like a servant but accepts him as his son. He puts the best robe on him, a ring on his finger, and shoes on his feet. Then he prepares a feast for the whole community to celebrate his son’s return.
Your heavenly Father gives you the whole world as a gift. Even when you waste His gifts and live selfishly, He forgives you and runs out to embrace you. Your Father sent His only Son, Jesus to live for you and die on a cross to pay for your sins. That Father welcomes you into His family because of Jesus’ death and resurrection. He prepares a feast of celebration for you here with His family and in heaven forever.
Father, thank You for Your embrace to welcome me home to Your family because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Amen.