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Abilene, TX
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He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him

He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him. (Luke 15:20)

“Dad!” Hearing this cry, Chris looked up in surprise to find his son, David, calling him from a car window. Could it be true? Five years earlier, he had left his family without warning and ended up a poor, homeless man living on the streets. Upon reuniting with his son and mother, Chris confessed that his pride had kept him away for so long: “I didn’t want to come home with nothing.” But his mother replied, “That’s when you’re supposed to come home!”

Like the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15, reunion stories like Chris and David’s are compelling. God created us to live in unity, so any tale of restored unity resonates. This is also why, no matter how many times we hear about how the father in Luke 15 “ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him,” we are always deeply moved (Luke 15:20).

Though many prodigals have been reunited with their families, far too many are still isolated and distant. In addition, there are also many “older brothers and sisters” who struggle with choosing mercy over bitterness and vengeance when a loved one finds the courage to come home.

No matter where we find ourselves, today’s parable urges us to “come home.” Whether it’s returning to the church or to an estranged loved one, Jesus is inviting us to take the next good step toward reconciliation. At the same time, Jesus is also urging us to be like the Father and welcome back into our lives those who have become separated from us.

Today, take that one step closer to forgiving and embracing. Don’t worry if you don’t see immediate restoration. Instead, focus on letting the grace available inspire you to come together a little bit more.

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