I don't know why, but I love thinking about the story of the prodigal son and prefer to think of it as though "Prodigal" was the family's last name. There's Baby Prodigal who wastes the family's inheritance on "riotous living," Elder Prodigal who wastes his father's love by exchanging his father/son relationship for one of servanthood, and Papa Prodigal who just seems willing to waste his love on anyone and everyone in the family, regardless of how they humiliate him.
If you missed this past Sunday's message, check it out here. As we said on Sunday, the invitation for this passage is to move from our identification with the younger brothers to an identification with the father. We are to become the father, ready and waiting with open arms to receive prodigals that have returned home, not with the demands of justice, but with an abundance of mercy.
As you think about this story, ponder the following questions:
Ecclesia Writer's Consortium
We are blessed at Ecclesia to have a number of gifted writers and teachers. Here, you'll find devotions, meditations, and musings from a sample of those writers.