[C134 SV 48    2 July 2009

Luke 15 tells the parable that we know as The Prodigal Son. However, the context suggests to me that it is more about the Father than the son. The Father seems to watch out for the son, and is overjoyed when he returns, and he calls for a celebration. How did the Father feel before the son returned? I am sure he grieved over the absent son. The son, on the other hand, enjoyed himself until he had nothing. His pride and desire for independence were eventually overcome; and then he returned. And the Father was ready for him, and ran to meet him; he didn’t wait all dignified until the son came in the gate. No, he was so eager to meet him that he ran.

Here we have a “prodigal daughter”. The name Christine means “belonging to Christ”. The Father waits and longs for her return . . .]

It’s been such a long time, daughter, since you called
You try so hard to keep your feelings walled.
Call me, please, my daughter, call.

Come to me again, daughter, come to me again;
Sit on my knee, little girl, and tell me your pain;
Call me, my daughter, call again.

Where are you running? Why do you flee?
You try this, you try that, but never feel free;
Call me, my daughter, call me.

My heart bleeds, my daughter, it bleeds.
I want you to know I can meet all your needs:
So call me, my daughter, call me.

Stop running, my daughter, don’t hide;
My arms and heart are open: come inside:
So call me, my daughter, call me.

You’re not alone, my daughter, not alone;
And here with me — this is your home —
Whatever you do, and wherever you may be
Please call me, my daughter, call me.

Luke 15:11- 24

Luke 15:1-10

Luke 15:7 In the same way, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine respectable people who do not need to repent.

Luke 15:10  In the same way, I tell you, the angels of God rejoice over one sinner who repents.”
Luke 13:34  “Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You kill the prophets, you stone the messengers God has sent you! How many times I wanted to put my arms around all your people, just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would not let me!”

Mat 23:37  “Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You kill the prophets and stone the messengers God has sent you! How many times I wanted to put my arms around all your people, just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would not let me

John 8:10  He straightened up and said to her, “Where are they? Is there no one left to condemn you?”  “No one, sir,” she answered. “Well, then,” Jesus said, “I do not condemn you either. Go, but do not sin again.”

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