Friends, Prodigals, Sheep, and Coins

So something really great happened last week.  My friend who moved to New Orleans came home and wants to get his life figured out, and is moving in a positive direction.  Pretty amazing!  It was a call that I never really expected to hear but I had hoped for since I first heard he was moving ot N.O. 

We had coffee last week and we talked about what’s been going on, and it was good to connect with him.  I have been praying for him everyday since, and I will continue to because he has a tough road ahead of him. 

I was just glad to know that he’s home and that he’s sorting things out and that he really, really wants to do what’s right. 

This week at >>beyond>> we are talking about Luke 15 which is the Lost and Found chapter, with the most famous of all parables, the Prodigal Son, and I was just amazed by God’s active and compelling Grace.  Here in this story we have a son who turns his back on his family, and we have a brother who harbors a lot of bitterness, and a Father who waits patiently on the porch for his wayward son to return. 

The Father comes running to the prodigal and embraces him and throughs a party, what a wonderful picture of God’s grace.  While the brother (religious people) are bitter and angry at the Father’s welcome towards the son.  I was moved by this story in a new way this week having seen it play out in front of me. 

Everytime we see some one come to faith in Christ, the prodigal story is happening all over.  And everytime we should celebrate and be happy and rejoice, we shouldn’t be like the brother who was angry, who held disdain for this sinful brother who wasted all of his treasure.  We should be like the father who would glady give his wayward son anything just to see him back in the family. 

This story is so huge and there’s a lto more to it than what I’ve written, but I’m just glad that my friend is home. 

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