A Prodigal Son: The Father’s Story 

While in the city, this brilliant thrill seeker enjoyed a period of wasteful living but quickly collided with a genuine dose of reality, such as deceptive people, fake friends, irresponsibility, poor decision making, responsibilities and naivete left him impoverished.

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2021-09-13 2 min read

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A Prodigal Son: The Father’s Story 
By: Ruby Punch | Dalhart | Texas.

The son of a wealthy farmer said to him, "Daddy, I'm not cut out for this old farm work. Why don't you give me my share of your money and I'll move to the city. I'm sure a smart fellow like me will be much happier there." 

While in the city, this brilliant thrill seeker enjoyed a period of wasteful living but quickly collided with a genuine dose of reality, such as deceptive people, fake friends, irresponsibility, poor decision making, responsibilities and naivete left him impoverished, confused, and face down in a pig trough. They shared their food, and I'm sure they did their best to show him a good time, but in all, he did not find happiness there. 

Going from an arrogant, entitled son a wealthy man to eating with swine, the young son quickly understood he was not the genius he thought himself to be. This know-it-all, smart young son in sadness and humility decided he ought to visit his old dad and give that farming thing he once looked down on, another try. Amazingly, his father ran out to meet him and showered him with gifts, including a banquet. 

The father explained, “that we should make merry, and be glad: for this, thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.” Luke 15:32 KJV.

Jesus used this parable to teach the publicans, sinners, scribes, and Pharisees the boundless value of wayward souls. Using an earthly example to teach a gospel truth, he made it abundantly clear that to the Heavenly Father, the intrinsic value of lost souls far outweighs the magnitude of the individual sin. All Heaven erupts in celebration, and joy breaks out in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who changes both heart and life.

Many of us might relate to the errors of this young prodigal. His story is commonplace. Some of us wandered from God squandering irretrievable and priceless time. Fortunately for us, like this earthly father, our Heavenly Father anxiously awaits our return.

The Father’s boundless benevolence completely erases the wayward sin of rebellion. Today and now is not too late to turn your heart back to our Lord Jesus Christ, but tomorrow or the next minute might be too late. The host of heaven are waiting to welcome you and celebrate your return to the Father.