I will get up, go to my father, and tell him I’m sorry—that I’m really, really sorry. Jason let out a heavy sigh and slid down the wall to a seated position. He squeezed his eyes shut for a long moment. But after all I’ve done to him, why would he forgive me?
Then Jason sat up straighter and almost smiled (the first time he came even close to smiling in months). Talking to an empty liquor bottle, he said, “What if I go back home and ask Dad if I can sleep on the floor of the garage? I’d eat whatever leftovers he would give me.” His stomach growled in agreement. “In return, I’ll wash and wax his cars, mow the grass, and clean the gutters.”
Jason picked up his backpack and took his first steps back toward home.
While still a long way off, he could just barely see the fence that surrounded the house he once called home. He wiped the sweat from his eyes with his sleeve and noticed a man hurrying toward him. “Whoa! Is that Dad? If that is him, I have never seen Dad run so fast. He must be madder than I thought.” Jason turned to flee in the opposite direction.
“Jason! Jason!! Don’t turn away. Wait for me!”
Jason didn’t know what to think, but out of sheer exhaustion and desperation, he decided to wait. As his dad got closer, nervous sweat poured from Jason’s brow. His heart pounded.
But to his surprise, his father threw his arms around him, wrapping him in a bear hug. “I’ve been waiting for you to come home.”
Jason hesitated only for a moment before he buried his face in his father’s shoulder. “Dad, I’m sorry.”
“I forgive you, my son. Come, let’s celebrate your return!” (Based on Luke 15:11-24: The Story of the Prodigal Son)
Is it time for you to rise up and go to your Father?
We will continue this next week. Until then, read Luke 15:11-24 every day, especially in the Amplified, and discover more about yourself—and your heavenly Father.
Which verses stand out for you? Consider meditating on them, and possibly memorizing those that will help you, as you deal with your failures and your need for forgiveness.
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