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10th June 2018 – ‘The Prodigal Son’
The Prodigal Son
A man had two sons. The older son worked hard on the family farm. Every day he went out into the fields to tend to the plants. The younger son didn’t really like working on the farm, he was more interested in having fun and doing what pleased him.
This really annoyed his older brother.
One day, bored of hanging around the farm, the younger brother decided he’d leave home and go to the city to have some fun.
Mmmm, he’d need money if he was going to do lots of fun things in the city. Problem was, he didn’t have any money.
And then he had a thought, half of the farm would be his one day, what would happen if he asked his dad for his half of the money now
Only one way to find out.
When the younger brother asked his dad if he could have his half of the money, to his amazement, his dad said, ‘yes’. The younger brother was delighted.
He took the money and headed for the city with great plans for how he was going to spend it. The older brother wasn’t very impressed but at least his annoying little brother had gone away.
It wasn’t very long before the younger brother had spent most of the money on having fun, and soon he had nowhere to live and no money for food. It was time for him to find a job. The only job he could find was looking after pigs. It was a job no one wanted to do because pigs are a bit smelly. The younger brother was so hungry that he had to eat the pigs food – YUCK!!
One day he realised that this was even worse than the farm. The people who worked on his father’s farm always had enough food and a place to live.
He started to wonder if he should go home. What would his father say? If he admitted he’d got it wrong and said sorry, maybe his dad would forgive him. There was only one way to find out, so he left the pigs and headed for home.
What the younger brother didn’t know was that, every morning, his father hoped that would be the day his son would come home. So, when the father saw his son coming up the lane, he was delighted.
He waved and ran towards his son. He was so happy he gave the son his best robe and an expensive ring. And he made plans to have a big party to celebrate, because his son was lost and now was found.
The big brother was really angry when he heard there was a big celebration for his annoying little brother. But his Father said, “All my money and all I have is yours, but your little brother has come home so we’re going to celebrate because I have forgiven him.”
Most of us would probably be upset if we were there every day, helping our parents, while our brother or sister was off pleasing themselves, and then, when they eventually appear, they were treated like Royalty.
But God is truly kinder than us. God is like the father in the story – it doesn’t matter what you have done or how long you have been away, he will be delighted that you have returned to him.
God is always ready to forgive people who recognise when they’ve done wrong and want to turn things around.
Put the prayer hand somewhere ‘handy’. And don’t forget – God forgives. If you want to turn your life around, talk to God about the things you’ve done wrong – He will forgive you.
Remember, you don’t have to be in church to pray. God is waiting to hear from you, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.
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