The Common Son - C

Soul Snack 176/11 ... The Common Son - C

To reflect upon the course of life I have navigated so far does not always fill me with the confidence that I have steered well.

At various times I consider the son so famously described as prodigal. He had taken one-half of his father's wealth, abandoned his brother, the property and all the servants. This prodigal had exchanged his future for his present in taking his inheritance before its due time. In a self-abandoned indulgent negligence he lost all his well-being. Finally this prodigal audited his life (with a modicum of wisdom) while feeding the pigs

In a humbled remorse he decided that servitude at home is still far superior than sin away from it. He headed home.

Yet even while he was still far off his dad saw him and determined to party and not to punish. His dad was so excited he rushed to greet his son. I suspect that his son felt guilt and shame. I know the son felt worthless - he tells me this.

The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' (Lk 15:21)

Now to those who feel worthless, wanton or wayward this invitation to celebrate still lives:

“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. (Lk 15:22-24)

If you find yourself even slightly in this Snack, if your life too has the navigational touch of the prodigal please join with me and choose to celebrate with the Father and simply grasp His view of your life and release yours.

Your performance in life is of little interest to Him ~ only your presence with Him is what He cares for.

Today's Soul Snippet:

Love can lift me from sin, the law cannot.