The Prodigally Forgiving Father
“Return to the Lord your God, who is merciful and slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” (Psalm 103:8) That is the theme for our repentance in the midst of this season of Lent, where we are well on our way to Holy Week and Easter. We enter a season of sorrow, but we rejoice in our sorrow, because our repentance makes the angels rejoice in heaven. We know that in many ways we are sinful and have to return to God. And what a
thing when God the Father in Christ, abounding in steadfast love, comes running to us, before we’ve even reached home, does not even hear our little speech about our being
unworthy, puts a ring on our finger, dresses us in festal clothes, prepares the fatted calf, and throws a party: because once we were lost, but now we are found. We were dead, and behold, the Resurrection: now we’re alive! Yes, alive with God’s abundant life!