If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9

Today, we learned about the story of the prodigal son, reading from Luke 15:11-32. The passage tells the story of a son who leaves his home, loses all of his money and food, and then returns to his father’s house hoping to become a lowly servant. 

At the beginning of Jesus’s parable, there is a man who has two sons. One of the sons asks for his share of the family’s estate, and he leaves to go live in a different and distant country. Soon, however, he realized that he had used up all of his assets and a severe famine came over the country. He became so desperate and hungry that he dreamed of eating from the same food troughs as pigs. Eventually, the son made the journey back to his father’s house, where he planned to beg for forgiveness and ask to work as one of his father’s servants. Instead, the father runs to embrace his lost son as soon as he sees him, and he calls his servants to prepare a feast in celebration of the son’s return. 

Jesus’s parable of the prodigal son is a clear picture of how we act with God. Again and again, we stray from God thinking that we can do things on our own. Once we realize once again that we need God, however, He is so excited and happy to embrace us and forgive us for leaving Him in the first place.