Monday, March 10, 2008

Yet A Great Way Off: Aren't We All Prodigals

I have been reflecting a great deal on the compassion shown in the account of the prodigal son found in the Bible. I find it a miracle that this loving father forgives his son even before forgiveness is asked of him. That instead of waiting for his rebellious child to make it into his home and beg for mercy- just the sight of his coming is enough to send the father leaping to meet and embrace him. What a great example this is to me.

I guess we might all be considered prodigal children to our Father in Heaven since we are most certainly at times wayward or wasteful.I know our Perfect Father longs to reach for us, even when we are still a great way off.

"...But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him."(Luke 15: 11-32)

The fact that our Father is just waiting, anxious to embrace us in our coming to Him-
truly one of life's most priceless gifts and undeserving miracles


Stephanie said...

AMEN! 'Nough said.

Kelli W. said...

I alway check blogs after I put the boys down for their nap. It's my way of relaxing I guess. I probably end up spending too much time here (one way I'm a prodigal daughter) but it sure is fun!
Anyway, my thoughts on your post. I too love the story of the Prodigal Son. It has taken on so many different meanings to me at different times in my life. I love how the love of the father represents the great love our Heavenly Father has for us. That even through our own sins he always love us and wants us to return home to him! This story also warns us not to judge others whom we feel are "prodigal". We as humans need to truely love each other regardless of how they choose to live their lives compared to our own. I try to picture Heavenly Father as excited to see the person I may not "love" as I hope he will be to see me returning to Him. Makes you think. And it makes me feel so much gratitude for the Atonement and life of our Savior, whom makes it possible for everyone to return home again.

NM said...

Hello again =)

This is one of my favourite stories given by Jesus...

...according to Luke's gospel, did you notice as to which groups of people Jesus spoke the parable to? =)

...also, notice that there was ANOTHER son...if Jesus wanted us merely to look at the son who went wayward, Jesus would have stopped at the point when the father embraced him...but Jesus wanted us to see a comparison of the other, older brother =)

Did you notice the comparison? =)

Bethany said...

This story also shows us that we, being prodigal children, should willingly give our forgiveness to those who have hurt us even if it remains to be asked of us.

Rebecca said...

I thank you for your testimony of this. Those who have gone wayward..which is many in my life lately, need for us to show an increase of love for them. Love truly works miracles and I too am grateful for this great example in the scriptures.

LAHansen said...

This is such a beautiful post. I'm so glad I stumbled onto your blog. :)

Steve Probert said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderfull blog. I loved seeing all of the fun pictures and reading about everything. I'm soooo excited for this weekend and to feast apon the words of christ, his apostles and Prophet. love you so much sweet Sara. MOMMA