It’s ending. I’m not serving pig slop and I’m not eating pig slop anymore! I will not go on living like this. I AM GOING HOME. My concept of living has radically changed. That arrogant, foolish person that demanded, debated and denounced has diminished so substantially that a whole new world view has come into focus. Enlightenment has led me to experience sorrow over my wasted life and grief over how I squandered what my Dad worked so hard to achieve. I have had my fill of me on the “throne.” Humility now is the engine that drives me back to make things right or at least throw myself on my father’s mercy.
“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20)
In order for imperfect families, made up of imperfect individuals to withstand the strain of mistakes and sometimes outright rebellion, a vital ingredient must prevail. FORGIVENESS. This begins with those most in control, parents whose commitment and lifestyle is to heavenly love. This is not the human conditional love, but God’s unconditional love that is wholly intentional, influential and infinite.
“Love is hard work. It is the hardest work I know of, work from which you are never entitled to take a vacation.” Ravi Zacharias
“But his father said to the servants, “Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast for this son of mine was dead, but now is found.” (Luke 15:22-24)