May 16, 2020

We Are All Prodigals

Posted By Jessica Taylor

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Henri Nouwen wrote a great deal about Rembrandt’s painting of the prodigal son’s homecoming (see Luke 15:11-32). Nouwen says this about the depiction of the father embracing his wayward son:

With his son safe within his outstretched arms, the father’s expression seems to say to me: “I’m not going to ask you any questions. Wherever you have gone, whatever you have done, and whatever people say about you, you’re my beloved child. I hold you safe in my embrace. I hug you. I gather you under my wings. You can come home to me.”1

Nouwen goes on to say that we are all prodigals, kneeling before the heavenly Father in prayer. As we commune with God, He embraces us, holds us against His chest, and we listen to His heartbeat. Note Paul’s words in Ephesians 6:23 (NLT):

Peace be with you, dear brothers and sisters, and may God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you love with faithfulness.

You can count on God’s welcoming embrace, my friend. No matter where you have been or what you’ve done, when you come home to the Father, He will hold you in His arms, forgive you and cleanse you. It doesn’t matter what anybody else says; God says, “You are my child, and I love you.”

Take time each day to enjoy an intimate relationship with your loving, forgiving, welcoming Father.

Pit Stop Point to Ponder

Scripture says you were bought with a price far greater than silver or gold (see 1 Peter 1:18). God desires an intimate relationship with you! Throughout your day, go to Him, talk to Him, listen to Him. He welcomes you with unconditional love.

  1. Henri Nouwen with Michael J. Christensen and Rebecca J. Laird, Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith (New York: HarperOne, 2006), p. 111.