In the gospel of Luke, Jesus tells us of a son, who after demanding his inheritance from his father, squandered it all and landed himself in the fields feeding swine. In the end, he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, but no one gave him anything.

“Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.” Luke 15:11-16

When he finally came to his senses, he went back to his father, planning to seek his forgiveness. But before he could say anything, or do anything, his father saw him from a long way off, ran to him, kissed him, called for a robe to be put on him, a ring to be placed on his finger and sandals for his feet. No conditions. No demands. No apology needed.

“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.” Luke 15:20-24

What a father, what a love.

And what joy we all should have when we realize that through this story, Jesus was describing the Father’s love for us! Even if we feel like the son, unworthy of God’s love; even if the world tells us that we are wretched sinners; regardless of whatever we have done, Jesus wants you to know that your Heavenly Father stands waiting, looking out for you, longing for you to return.

So run back to him. Go home from the fields and the swine. Run into your Father’s embrace and He will embrace you, love you and lavish you with all things for He loves you. Run into His embrace today.

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