Daily Devotion Wednesday, May 29th

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 – Psalm 15; Deuteronomy 4:25-31; 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:11 and Luke 15:1-2, 11-32

Luke 15:1-2, 11-32 – 21Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’22But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe-the best one-and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.

Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son is one of my favorite parables and probably one of the best known. In my devotion today, I quote only a small portion of it. I’d encourage you to read all of it – Luke 15:11-32.

Here’s a link to this reading that gives it in the NRSV, The Message and the NIV versions of the Bible.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2015:11-32&version=NRSV;MSG;NIV

In it we hear of the love of the Father for his sons; younger and older.

The parable of the prodigal son is one of my favorites because of the father’s response; love and acceptance of this one who strayed yet returned.

Our Father in heaven is willing and ready to welcome all who come unto him. It matters not what we have done, what matters is that we return.

I also like this parable for I can see myself as the elder son, who remained faithful (most of the time) to the Father and his work. When I read of the response of the elder Son it causes me to want to respond differently than he did whenever one repents and turns to Christ.

Psalm 15 – 1   O LORD, who may abide in your tent?
Who may dwell on your holy hill?

2   Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right,
and speak the truth from their heart;

It’s only by the grace of God given through Jesus Christ that I can hope to abide in God’s tent, dwell upon God’s holy hill. Praise be to God for his love shown us, his YES, given through his Son.

Friends today know that a party is thrown whenever one turns to God accepting the good gift offered to all in and through Christ. A party is thrown every time we repent and turn from our sin and turn unto God.

O God, thanks be to you for the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Thanks be to you for the good news contained in it. Good news that is for all. Amen.

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