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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
In this story, the father watched and waited. He was dealing with a human being with a will of his own, but he was ready to greet his son if he returned. In the same way, God’s love is constant, patient, welcoming. He will search for us and give us opportunities to respond, but he will not force us to come to him. Like the father in this story, God waits patiently for us to come to our senses. (NLT)
Luke 15:11-24 – To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now, instead of waiting until you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.
“A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and took a trip to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money on wild living. About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him to feed his pigs. The boy became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.
“When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired men have food enough to spare, and here I am, dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired man.”’
“So he returned hom to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’
“But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger, and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening in the pen. We must celebrate with a fast, for this son of mine was dead and he now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.”
Joey Yow (North Carolina) titled his story “COMING HOME;” here is a portion of Joey’s story:
“My wife and I went to the airport to pick up our daughter when she returned from visiting her grandmother. . . .
“I know that God watches and waits for us with the same longing. God longs to see, welcome, and hold each of us. No one will ever love us with as much depth and intensity as Jesus, who gave himself for us on the cross. We can rest assured knowing that if some sin, or temptation, or mistake has lured us into a ‘far country’ like the son in today’s reading, the promise of forgiveness awaits us when we return to God’s loving arms.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God is always ready to welcome me.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for families and friends who love us. Thank you for your love and presence in our earthly life and the promise that you will welcome us into our eternal home with you forever. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/