The parable we call the prodigal son is one of the most beloved parts of scripture. We turn to it, again and again, to be reminded of how we will never wander too far to return home to God’s love.
And while that’s a natural way to read the story and certainly true, that’s not what the parable is about. The parable isn’t about us. The parable is about God.
As we move deeper into our worship series on Evangelism, it’s time to read this familiar story with new eyes. Instead of focusing on how we are like the prodigal son–let’s wonder how we can be more like his extraordinarily loving Father. Now that we know ourselves to be ever-welcome at home, let’s learn how we can be about our Father’s business of running to meet, embracing and welcoming others on their way home.
I hope you’ll join us by listening in. May we who find ourselves, unexpectedly and undeservedly, in God’s embrace find there the wisdom to recognize, welcome and celebrate others who are far from home.