Mom always welcomes me when I come home.
My mom and I live on opposite ends of the East Coast. We don’t see each other as often as we’d like. When I go home after a long absence, I apologize that it’s been so long. I’ve not been as faithful as I should to keep in touch. But I can always count on hearing, “It’s okay. You’re here now. I love you.” I had come home. The shimmer in her eyes and tender words tell me she’s glad I’m there.
Luke records the story of the Prodigal Son, where we see the overwhelming love of the father when his lost child comes home.
Bible parables are meant as messages from God to His children. Here, Jesus paints a picture of our heavenly Father’s love for us. He is thrilled when we come back to Him. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been; He rejoices each time. Our Father whispers, “It’s okay, my child. You’re here now. I love you.” If we could look into His eyes, we would see the wealth of His love for us.
Do you know how much your heavenly Father longs for you to come to Him—how He rejoices whenever you take time to talk with Him? Make time each day to spend some time in His presence. Let Him remind you how precious you are to Him.
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