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Lent Devotional • Day 31

Friday, The Fourth Week of Lent (Mar. 19)

Welcome Home, Son

Narrated by Katelin Austin

He arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. Luke 15:20

The prodigal son knew he had lost the right to be allowed back into the family.
He had turned his back on his father and wasted his inheritance on sinful living. He hoped to get hired on by his father as a servant.

The father did not wait for excuses or bargains. He welcomed the wayward son with open arms. No matter what he had been or where he had been, he was still a loved son.

Because of Jesus, we receive the same welcome from our heavenly Father. No matter how badly we have messed up, we have a place in the family of God. Count on it—by his wounds, we are healed and welcomed.

REFLECT: How have you been like the prodigal son lately?

PRAY: Cast me not away from your presence, dear Heavenly Father. Amen.
(Psalm 51:11)

Devotional content provided by Creative Communications for the Parish.