“‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’” Luke 15:21 NRSV

Thought

In the familiar story of the prodigal son, the wayward younger son of a rich man asks for the distribution of his inheritance, leaves his father’s house, and proceeds to waste his legacy on immature, immediate pleasures. When his resources are spent, he is reduced to a demeaning lifestyle. He realizes that he has made a big mistake, and he makes a plan to return home, hoping that his father will forgive him. Before asking his father for forgiveness, the son likely realizes he first must forgive himself. Only then is he able to take the risk that his father will welcome him back in the grace of full forgiveness.

Prayer

God, there are times when I cannot imagine that you forgive me for what I have done. I pray that you will strengthen me in the assurance that you forgive long before I forgive myself. Amen.

Assurance

There is nothing that God will not forgive.

Originally published in Beyond the Broken Heart - Daily Devotions for Your Grief Journey,
Abingdon Press 2012