“So, the younger son got up and went to his father. But while the younger son 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.” Luke 15:20
There's a story of a Spanish father and son who got into an argument over something the son did wrong. The distraught son ran away to the capital city of Madrid. The father soon set off to find his boy. Although he searched for months, he was unable to locate his son. Finally, in a last desperate effort to connect with his son, the father put an ad in the Madrid newspaper. The ad read: “Dear Paco, meet me in front of this newspaper office at noon on Saturday. All is forgiven. I love you. Your Father.” On that Saturday, 800 men named Paco showed up at the newspaper office, looking for the love and forgiveness of their fathers.
That is a sad story of too many men desperately seeking forgiveness but unable to attain it from their earthly fathers. Thankfully, you don’t share in their desperation when it comes to receiving forgiveness from your Heavenly Father. In Luke 15, Jesus tells the parable of the prodigal son. And in this story, when the son comes home, his father willingly forgives him and welcomes him with open arms. In fact, Jesus says the father runs to meet his son, which would be an extraordinary act of humility in Middle Eastern culture, where the father is the ultimate authority over his family.
Yet, that is exactly how your Heavenly Father welcomes you. God runs to greet you and forgives with open arms filled with compassion. I John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” You have God’s promise that he will always forgive you, when you willingly confess your sin to Him.
So be sure to join us for summer communion on Sunday, July 11th because you all have a wonderful Heavenly Father who loves you, forgives you and longs to take care of you every day.
In Christ’s Love, Pastor Steve