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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Coming to Our Senses

May 2

(Luke 15:11-24 NIV) ""Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. {12} The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them. {13} "Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. {14} After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. {15} So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. {16} He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. {17} "When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! {18} I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. {19} I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.' {20} So he got up and went to his father. "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. {21} "The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' {22} "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. {23} Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. {24} For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.""

The parable of “The Prodigal Son” teaches at least three truths about being lost. First, we usually get lost by pursuing unbridled freedom. We feel stifled at home and think that a “road trip” is the answer. But, “the free life” is never really free. It does not fulfill us -- it devours us. It’s an enemy, not a friend. Second, most of us will have to hit bottom before we come to our senses. “Wild living” will take everything you have, and more. Once you’ve squandered your inheritance, you slowly learn that there’s a huge difference between “friends” and “drinking buddies”. The “buddies” will most likely leave along with the money. Third, sowing “wild oats” is fun, but as soon as they ripen, they begin to rot, and you never get the harvest that you had imagined. When that happens, and you finally “come to your senses”, go home! Your Father will be waiting, with arms wide open. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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