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The Long Way Home

  • He arose, and came to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe, and put it on him. Put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.' Luke 15:20-22 WEB.

    Jesus told a parable that became known as "The Prodigal Son." It's about a young man who grew tired of waiting on his father to die and demanded his inheritance early. Graciously the father gave his part to him. The son immediately left for a faraway country and blew all the money on riotous living, partying, and prostitutes. When his money was all gone, so were all of his friends. He ended up working on a pig farm. Starving, barefooted, and feeding unclean swine was as low as a young Jewish man could go.

    While at rock bottom, he suddenly "came to his senses," as we often do. The young man decided to go home and work for his father as a servant. He felt he was no longer worthy of being called his son. Yet, when the father saw his son coming down the road, he ran out to meet him, hugged and kissed him before the son could even tell him the story he had come up with.

    The son was barefoot and destitute, but his father placed the best robe he owned on him. Then put a signet ring on his finger and shoes on his feet. His father then held a feast to celebrate his son coming back home. He chose to love and honor the son, far above and beyond what the son was seeking. The parable father was not interested in the long, sad story his son had put together for him. The only thing that mattered was that he was safely back home.

    When we stumble, we often act like the son in this story. We hang our heads down, feeling that we are no longer worthy of being called His child. No longer worthy to pray or even attend church. We stop talking to Him, withdraw, and give up on God's plans for our life. All the while, God is waiting with open arms for us to "come to our senses."

    You are His child, and the moment your heart returns to God, He will meet you with open arms. You don't have to do a lot of explaining, for He understands, and He will be happy to have you back with Him again. He will restore your place as His child, and His plan for your life will resume as soon as you are ready.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I so thank You for Your gracious mercy. You are so good to me, and I want to know You even more. Please help me learn to follow You closer and keep me from becoming distracted. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen!
November 16, 2022
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Heavenly Father, I so thank You for Your gracious mercy. You are so good to me, and I want to know You even more. Please help me learn to follow You closer and keep me from becoming distracted. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! ❤️
November 16, 2022
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Please know that you are in my prayers, Kevin! (h5)

November 16, 2022
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Thank you so much Liesel, you are in my prayers also! I like that and God Bless!

 

November 19, 2022
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

November 16, 2022
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen 

November 16, 2022
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen 

November 16, 2022
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes please, amen Lord. 

November 16, 2022
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Yes Amen.

November 16, 2022
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

AMEN. Heavenly Father,  I pray today for an angel to bless my heavenly mother on her birthday!! I love you Mom. Amen

November 16, 2022
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

AMEN!

November 16, 2022
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David  Earlywine
David Earlywine

Amen 

November 16, 2022
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

November 16, 2022
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Christ Yeshua's name I pray this, Amen. 

November 16, 2022
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen Lord. Do this for me. For Your grace is sufficient for me. Thank you forYour mercywhich endures forever. Thank you for Your steadfast love. My sins are ever before me. My mind betrays me. Deliver me from my flesh. Forgive my sins and heal me in Jesus Christ Name.

November 16, 2022
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Jesus for forgiveness and showing me mercy. I need You everyday Lord Jesus.  Heal my body and make me better. In Jesus Name I ask,  Amen 

November 16, 2022
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

AMEN

 

November 16, 2022
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Maria Melendez
Maria Melendez

 Amen !

November 16, 2022
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you for your love Father 

November 16, 2022
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Amen, Pastor Dion! I have experienced this joy of His forgiving, loving welcome. Thank you, Lord!

November 16, 2022
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!Amen!!Amen!!

November 16, 2022
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for Your merciful forgiveness, Amen!

November 16, 2022
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen Lord Jesus!

November 16, 2022
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

You r my hope dear God Amen 

November 16, 2022
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Charlotte Tompkins
Charlotte Tompkins

Someone once said to me..."Just when you think you shouldn't be in church.....is when you should be there the most"! I heard that in my early 20s and at nearly 50 I still "hear it" and know.... GOD is my perfect Father.... and loves me No matter what. 

November 17, 2022
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Janet Sorensen
Janet Sorensen

When I made up my mind to go to church again at age 30 or so and walked in the front door of a nearby church, a man walked right up to me and said, "Welcome back!" Never seen him before, and of course he thought I was someone else, but I took it as God greeting me!

November 17, 2022
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

November 17, 2022