Good Folks,it is Friday, July 26, 2019. Did you feel the cool summer cold front recently? The coolness wears off and Dallas heat returns.
This Sunday I will be preaching on a familiar parable. Maybe one of the most well-known of all from Luke 15. I came across a comment on this parable in one of the readings that I wanted to share. You are always welcomed to share what I have shared with you. Enjoy.
“We were made by God to be in loving relationship, harmony, and communion with God, each other, and all creation. Whatever else the story of Adam and Eve is about, this is a bottom-line message. As long as Adam and Eve are in loving relationship with God, each other, and creation, they are in paradise; however, when the primal relationship with God is broken, fragmented, and distorted, their relationship with each other and the rest of the creation is likewise broken, fragmented, and distorted. When all of that happens, they find themselves cast out of paradise. It is God’s dream to renew, reconcile, repair, and restore the creation; that is the magnetic power in the parable of the Prodigal Son pulling the prodigal back home. You know the story. A man has two sons…” Michael B. Curry, Feasting on the Word: Preaching on the Revised Common Lectionary; Year C, Volume 2.
I have shared with the church that there was a time when I was estranged from my father for about one year. We did not talk to each other. Our pride took center stage and kept the need to ask for forgiveness, reconcile and ultimate return to a loving relationship from happening. I lost one year with my father.
One night at a revival service at my home church, the sermon sent a conviction to both our hearts. We reconciled and asked for forgiveness from each other that evening. [To this moment, I believe that my mother planted the seed in the ear of the preacher that something had to happen to both our hearts. God did the rest.] My father was the best man at my wedding. I was there, with the rest of the family, to watch him take his last breath. Reconciliation gives birth to new beginnings.
This parable has many participants. Everyone is someone in this parable. Parables remind us of the nature of God: Love.
You are invited to invite others to church. Don’t wait to invite. Their life depends on it.
Blessings from Duncanville, Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Colossians 3:13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.