The Prodigal Son – Story Summary:
The story of the Prodigal Son, also known as the Parable of the Lost Son, follows the parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin. Jesus is responding to the Pharisees‘ complaint: “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Jesus tells the story of a man who has two sons. The younger son asks his father to give him his portion of the family estate as an early inheritance. Once received, the son promptly sets off on a long journey to a distant land and begins to waste his fortune on wild living. When the money runs out, a severe famine hits the country and the son finds himself in dire circumstances. He takes a job feeding pigs. He is so destitute that he even longs to eat the food assigned to the pigs.
The young man finally comes to his senses, remembering his father. In humility, he recognizes his foolishness, decides to return to his father and ask for forgiveness and mercy. The father who had been watching and waiting, receives his son back with open arms of compassion. He is overjoyed by the return of his lost son! Immediately the father turns to his servants and asks them to prepare a giant feast in celebration.
Meanwhile, the older son is not one bit happy when he comes in from working the fields and discovers a party going on to celebrate his younger brother’s return. The father tries to dissuade the older brother from his jealous rage explaining, “You are always with me, and everything I have is yours.”~~source: The Prodigal Son – Bible Story Summary -By Mary Fairchild,
I was the prodigal duck=daughter. At the age of 16, I decided that I was going to live my way. My mother was strict and she tried her best to make me mind, but I was a very stubborn child, and did not want to mind her.
She was the controlling Al-Anon with no program. I proceeded to live my life “my way”, and existed from crisis to crisis.
My mother and dad never gave up on me thank God, and let go of me and let God work with me. The difference in my story and the story of the prodigal son/daughter~~is that I did not take any inheritance~~and my sisters and brother did not turn their backs on me or resent me. They loved me unconditionally just as my mother and dad had taught us. They welcomed me with open arms.
I began my “New Life” on March 28, 1986. There are NO more excuses, and nothing that can separate me from God but me!
- Luke 15:11-32 – The Prodigal Son (genebrooks.blogspot.com)
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- What should Christian parents do if they have a prodigal Son or Daughter? (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)