“I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee. And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet 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 unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, 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: 18 - 24
King James Version
What a beautiful picture of our loving Heavenly Father! I have read this passage of Scripture many times but it hit me today like it never has before. There are times when we stray away from God but when we confess our sins to Him not only does He forgive us; He runs to meet us. What a privilege and what an honor is ours to be loved by our compassionate Heavenly Father! Thank You, Heavenly Father, for loving us and for loving us unconditionally.
W. L. Thompson wrote the beautiful and inspiring song “Softly and Tenderly”. The words to the refrain are so appropriate for us when we wander off the path that God has laid out for us. “Come home, come home, come home, Ye who are weary, come home.” If you will look with your heart and listen with your heart, you will hear our Heavenly Father calling you to come home and you will see Him running to meet you.
If you have strayed away from God, He is waiting for you to come home with outstretched arms and a heart full of compassion. If you will take the first step, He will run so fast to meet you that you will instantly be in His loving and tender arms of compassion, understanding and forgiveness. I urge you to get back on the perfect path that God has laid out for you. He will take your hand and walk with you through the dark valleys of sorrow and discouragement as well as on the mountain tops of happiness and joy. Do you hear Him calling to you “Come home”? Please don’t hurt Him by refusing to answer His loving call. Go home to your Heavenly Father today.
October 2, firstname.lastname@example.org