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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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August 2, 2013 - Our Faithful Father

By Ron Johnson

"But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him" (Luke 15:20, NASB).

We often hear this story of Jesus entitled "The Parable of the Prodigal Son." I like to think of it as "The Parable of the Faithful Father." I'm sure the father in this story spent many anxious nights in prayer for his lost son. How many sighs were uttered and tears shed during this time of separation?

Notice that even when the son was still a great distance away, the father saw him coming. The father was anxiously waiting, expecting and looking for the return of his lost son. His faithful watching was rewarded. The father's tears of loss and anguish became tears of joy.

What a wonderful picture of our Heavenly Father. We are all, each one of us, in the same position as that lost, prodigal son who left home and traveled far away, rejecting God's love. The prophet Isaiah writes, "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way" (Isaiah 53:6, KJV). Yet, despite our rejection, our loving Heavenly Father watches, longing for our return.

We are told that the prodigal son's father threw aside all dignity and, even when the young man was still a considerable distance away, ran to greet him (Luke 15:20). The father didn't respond with a curt, "Well, I see you've certainly made a mess of your life." No, he welcomed his son with a loving kiss.

This father had "kept the door open" in anticipation of his son's return. Certainly our Heavenly Father leaves His door open so that all His wandering children may come home. We also must leave our door open so that estranged loved ones may feel free to return home as well.

Overwhelmed with his father's warm reception, the son having been humbled by life's circumstances begins to confess his failures:

"And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his slaves, 'Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.' And they began to celebrate" (Luke 15:21-24, NASB).

The prodigal is accepted back into the father's arms as a son, not a servant. He is again clothed in the best robe, and the ring of sonship is restored to his hand. He is to share his father's life and his table! The returning son moves from the road of repentance, to the banquet hall, from confession to feast, from estrangement to full fellowship.

Our faithful Heavenly Father invites each of us to do the same.

— Ron Johnson is a freelance writer. He is retired from the Assemblies of God National Leadership and Resource Center.



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