WE ARE THE PRODIGAL SON # 15104

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In the parable of the prodigal son the Lord Jesus Christ said, “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! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 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. The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “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. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.” Luke. 15: 17-24. The son had demanded his inheritance from his father, feeling self-sufficient. He didn’t agree with the father’s rules, or how he was running his businesses. Obviously he thought he could do better separated from the father. He wanted to do things in his own way, and so he left the house.

Later the rebellious son realized the huge mistake he had made by leaving home. He realized that he was suffering unnecessarily. This is what the Bible calls, “coming to his senses,” the regaining of consciousness, awakening from a dream. The son remembered his identity. He remembered the love, the kindness and fairness that existed in the house of his father, and wanted to return home even as a servant. He made a plan to return home and what to say to the father to apologize, and ask him for a job as a hired servant. And without thinking about it twice he got up and started his journey back home. Before arriving to the house, the father came to meet him and embraced him. The son asked for forgiveness and took responsibility for his mistake by accepting that he was no longer worthy of being considered a son.  However, all that the father wanted to hear was that his son had admitted his mistake and asked forgiveness. That was sufficient to restore him to all his rights as his son, and celebrate his return. The father didn’t offer sacrifices of any kind for the sins of the son. He did not ask the rest of the family for their opinion before restoring his son into the family. He only gave instructions to have a party and celebrate the return of his beloved son.

The Lord Jesus told this parable for each of us. We are each the prodigal son. We left the Father's home. We didn’t lose the benefits as His children, because of the love of God our Father, Who is immutable.  But we continued to postpone our return in the hopes that we would find a shortcut, a new route that would bring us true happiness, peace, and abundance, without having to ask for God's favors. Still now - despite the painful experiences we've had - we are insisting on our desire to be autonomous. The Bible says “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”  John 15: 4-5.  We need to stay connected to the source. This is an affirmation, a divine truth that we must accept. God created us, and He made us His co-creators. Our creativity then is subject to working in union with Him.

No project that we may plan apart from God will bring the desired results. We cannot live with rebellion against God and enjoy His benefits. All God needs to hear is that we are repentant and ready to go Home. This means we are ready to align our will to His. When we arrive at that point everything begins to change. What are we waiting to start our return to God? Why we keep putting it off? Perhaps because we still have the idea that we can make changes to God's creation, including us. We accept that God is immutable and made us in His image, but we don’t believe that we are still as God created us. We believe that we are re-inventing ourselves. However, we were created in His image and likeness, which means that there is within us a non-physical part, something that is immutable, something that has never changed, something that is perfect. For as God is love, we His children are love also. We don’t need to look for love outside of ourselves. We just need to get rid of the illusions we invented and then love will spring forth.

We don’t have the ability to make changes into what God created. We don’t have that power. Thanks to that, peace, joy, happiness, power, and abundance, are still ours. What God creates is eternal.  It doesn’t change, that includes us, His prodigal children. Only our perception changed.

“We are creation; we the Sons of God. We seem to be discrete, and unaware of our eternal unity with Him. Yet back of all our doubts, past all our fears, there still is certainty. For love remains with all its Thoughts, its sureness being theirs. God's memory is in our holy minds, which know their oneness and their unity with their Creator. Let our function be only to let this memory return, only to let God's Will be done on earth, only to be restored to sanity, and to be but as God created us.”

“Our Father calls to us. We hear His Voice, and we forgive creation in the Name of its Creator, Holiness Itself, Whose Holiness His Own creation shares; Whose Holiness is still a part of us.”  ACIM W-pII.11.4,5.

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all."  2 Corinthians 13:14

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