For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.  (Luke 15:24)

Family problems are nothing new, as seen in Jesus’ Parable of the Prodigal Son, a story about a father and his two sons.  The rebellious younger son demanded his inheritance, moved to a distant land, wasted his wealth on wild living, and ended up working in the fields feeding pigs.  He finally came to his senses and decided to return home and beg for his father’s forgiveness.  From a far distance, his father, who represents God, saw him coming and ran and welcomed him.  The son confessed his sin and unworthiness, and the father ordered him the finest robe, a jeweled ring, sandals, and then called for a great celebration.  

Now the older son wasn’t happy about the party and refused to attend.  He thought it unfair that he had obeyed his father’s orders and worked like a slave, yet his father had never thrown him a party. The gracious father said, “My son, everything I have is yours.  But it is right to celebrate, for your brother was lost and now is found.”  (Luke 15:31-32)

The Prodigal Son is a moving story of repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation.  If you have ever doubted God’s love, or if you have sinned or strayed, and you think He is mad at you, take a close look at this story and see the very heart of God.  The father running to his son to welcome him back beautifully illustrates God’s unfailing love, grace, and forgiveness.

Father I am in awe of Your readiness to forgive and to welcome us back when our actions do not merit it.  I marvel at Your amazing grace that is so vividly seen in this parable.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen. 


Susan Ferguson is a freelance writer who lives in Madison, Mississippi with her husband. She is an accountant by profession and works during the day and writes at night. She is a member of Faithwriters and participates in their daily devotional. She likes to read, travel, and cook for family and friends.