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When I first read the parable of the prodigal son, I thought, “I can’t believe he would do something like that. That is so selfish.” Then the conviction came. Like the son this story, how oftent do I seek happiness and fulfillment in the temporary things of the world rather than the everlasting love of the Father? Eventually, the prodigal son finds himself feeling empty. He remembers the joy and blessings his father’s servants enjoyed, and he acts.

Rather than remaining in his sin or seeking more of the world to ease his pain, the son turns his back on his selfish lifestyle and returns, in humility, to his father. He is greeted with kindness and love, not the chastisement he was expecting. The son repents of his sin, leaves it and walks humbly back to his father.

When we know we have sinned and we’re unsure what our next step should be, we should follow suit and turn back to God. We serve a kind and loving God. He, like the father in the parable, rejoices when those who have run from Him return home. This passage comforts me when my sin leaves me feeling dejected and dirty. Regardless of my situation, I have a God who loves me and wants me to find my greatest joy and comfort in His presence.

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