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2021_09_10 Insight Post- Emma Keeton

This week's reading- Luke 15-16

The Parable of the Lost Son in Luke 15 gives us a vivd picture of God's heart for us. It shows us what a relationship with God can be like if we allow him to Father us. Jesus tells the story of a son who asks a Father for his inheritance. The Father gives the son his portion of inheritance and the son spends everything on wild living. When hardship comes the son has nothing to eat so he plans to return home, ask his Father forgiveness and work as one of his hired servants. When the son returns, the Father's response is quite different from what's expected. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” The Father then says “Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” (Luke 15:20b; 22-24)

None of us in our earthly families have been Fathered perfectly or lived in homes with no dysfunction, but Jesus tells of how our heavenly Father loves us unconditionally. It seems incredulous that even in our sin the Father would feel this way about us. We may think 'How can he love me?' as we feel ashamed of what we have done and continue to do. But to understand the depth of his perfect love for us, we can read in Jeremiah 1:5a “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you....” God planned us. God created us and knows us. When he loves us unconditionally he is loving what he made. We are his and our home is with him. We are simply to be loved.

Take a moment and imagine returning to the perfect home. You know and love who is there. You can take your shoes off and rest your weary body and soul. There is food laid out for you to enjoy. You can laugh, cry and share whatever is on your heart. There is space to be and to be loved. Now take a moment to picture that perfect home being your heavenly Father's house. Reflect on your current relationship with God. Say sorry for whatever you need to and let Father God love you as his creation and his child.

Emma Keeton

Prayer Team Lead