A Church with a Heart for our Community

July 13th Thursday

Greetings to you in the name of the One who revealed the Father God’s love to us, Jesus Christ – THE Risen Savior! What a “box of chocolates” week of weather we have experienced! Sometimes you just have to look at what you have in this moment and declare that “this is the day that the Lord has made and I am going to rejoice and be glad in it!” I trust that all is well with you and your loved ones…and that you are experiencing God’s presence and receiving His blessings. Today I will be praying for you, asking Father God to release to you–health, strength, a happy heart, and bright hopes for the day ahead of you!

One of the themes of our Monday prayer gathering has been for the prodigal sons and daughters…for them to come to themselves and begin their journey ‘home’ to faith, family, and fellowship. The reason that “prodigals” are on my mind this morning is because God brought a very interesting book to me called, “the Return of the Prodigal” by Henri Nouwen. It is how God led Nouwen to a portrait painted by Rembrandt that captured to return of the prodigal son. I am still reading the book…it is one of those books you have to read slowly so that you can ‘digest’ the content.

And to make matters interesting, one of my morning devotions is looking at the book of Ruth. Today, the author started the devotion with reference the story of the prodigal son that Jesus spoke in Luke 15. Later in the devotion the author suggested that in the story of Ruth, Naomi – Ruth’s mother-in-law, is a ‘prodigal’ returning to Bethlehem from Moab (maybe you need to take some time and read the book of Ruth). It seems that ‘prodigals come in all ages, genders, and life circumstances. There are a few sentences that caught my attention and I want to share them with you…maybe you know a prodigal that is on your heart today…or maybe you are a prodigal.

   God still welcomes the prodigals home today, no matter where they’ve been or how far they’ve fallen. God is always ready to take us into His arms. The angels are always ready to sing. And the Lord is always ready to celebrate our glorious return.

Lord, there have been times when I have felt like a prodigal. I spiritually stray from time to time. Forgive me. Show me how to mature in my relationship with You! Amen. 

Something to ponder…bless you!