Read Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
“I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands. So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him.” Luke 15:19-20
The Prodigal Son, selfish and immature, heads out on his own to a life that he thinks is the good life, but before long he realizes that he has made a huge mistake and ventures home to ask for forgiveness. This is a familiar story that speaks of God’s love working through loving parents in a remarkable love indeed. With this sort of love there is nothing that can separate a father from a son.
The same is true for God and God’s relationship with us. Romans chapter 8 says clearly, “Who will separate us from the love of Christ?…For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God.”
This is a story about each person who has ever lived or ever will live on this earth. Each is reconciled with God, because of the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. We may have days when we do not feel God’s presence, but God is there. We may have days when we feel that we are worthless, but are still precious children of God. We may feel that we have done something that could never be forgiven, but there is nothing that could separate us from God. God forgives us when we turn our hearts toward God.
The season of Lent is a good time to ask ourselves. Do I ever feel separated from the love of God? Am I wandering into areas of darkness? How can I experience more of the love of God in my life?
Rev. Brenda Adkins
Prayer: God, forgive me for wandering astray thinking that I have all the answers and I know better than you. Help me to humble myself when I am mistaken. When I feel separated from you, when I am wondering in areas of darkness, when I need your tender love and care, help me to run to you! Amen.