This past Sunday night we talked about the love a father has for his children.  We used two examples.  The first was this video of high school physics teacher Jeffery Wright.  Jeffery Wright talks in the video about the first time his son signed “Daddy, I love you” and how overwhelming the emotional impact of that moment was.  It’s the same with God.  He is waiting to hear those words from us…Daddy, I love you.   Amazing video by Zack Conkle.

“…I didn’t care about how things work anymore. It’s the reason why things work, and it’s because of love” – Jeffrey Wright

Prodigal Son -- The Turning Point, by Stephanie Frostad

Prodigal Son — The Turning Point, by Stephanie Frostad

Luke 15:20

New King James Version (NKJV)

20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.

I shared the story of “Everett” in a modern-day version telling of the prodigal son.  The big idea was simply this…God just wants us to come home.  The story finished with the sentence:

“I don’t care where you’ve been, I don’t care what you’ve done, I’m just glad you’re home.  Welcome home, my son.”

The powerful example that Jesus tells us in the Bible in Luke 15 gives us a vivid picture of what God is like and gives us a glimpse of how much he loves and cares for us.  Are you the rebellious son, lost and far from God? Maybe you’ve hit rock-bottom, come to your senses and decided to run to God’s open arms of compassion and mercy?  God’s arms are always open wide; God wants you to come home.