‘Quick’ the prodigal son

20 Jan

Luke 15:17-22 (NIV)

 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he 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.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.

For me, after many readings, prayings, and listenings, last night God spoke to me on this passage. He spoke through the word ‘Quick.’

The younger, prodigal son had practiced a speech to go to his father to ask for forgiveness. But…

But, before he can get to ‘… make me like one of the hired men.’ His father, our Father, rans to him; embraces him; kisses him. The father’s next word is to the servants, ‘Quick.’ Bring the best robe, a ring and sandals and the fattened calf.’ The father stops the son’s speech; no more need for shame; the past is behind; let’s enjoy the present, this moment.

His embrace is quick.

His love is quick.

His forgiveness, sure, complete. Quick.

That is how He wants me to be, quick in love, like him; slow in anger, like Him. Quick to forgive and embrace.

Lord make me such a man, such a father. Make me a prodigal father, with your love, with your abundance. Make me quick.

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One Response to “‘Quick’ the prodigal son”

  1. charlesosewalt January 20, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

    Beautiful

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