Our Wonderful Father

His father saw him and was
filled with compassion for him.
            —Luke 15:20

He took half of his dad’s money, swaggered off to Acapulco and blew it on booze and bimbos.

Now he’s heading home because he’s broke and hungry.

And catch this! His dad throws a party for him.

A little early for that, don’t you think? Shouldn’t dad wait to see if his penitence is genuine, his remorse real?

Give him a bath, clean jeans, and a sandwich—but it’s too early for a robe, a ring, and a reception.

Let him get a job. Earn his spurs. Prove that he’s learned his lesson.

What does this lavish “Welcome Home” say to him?

Just this: You were missed, you are loved, you are forgiven, you are home.

That is exactly how God treats us!

He leaves the porch light on for you.

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