The grace of God is simply astounding. Have you ever looked back over your life and recognized in a new way how God's guiding hand brought tremendous blessing into your life? That reality is becoming more and more evident to me all of the time, and I am extremely grateful for these insights. Even the most difficult parts of life have generated immense blessing. It is challenging to see those realities when you are stuck in the midst of the storm, but hindsight can give deeper meaning to one's lived experiences.
Today we hear the story of the "Prodigal Son." I know I have touched on this before, but I think it is worth repeating. The word "prodigal" means, "wastefully or recklessly extravagant." Another meaning is "lavishly abundant." I hear a few preachers now refer to this story as the "Prodigal Father" because of his lavish abundance of forgiveness. Thankfully, that is what we experience from God--a generous abundance of forgiveness, mercy, and love.
Let us pray for an outpouring of God's grace today. May we be infused with an abundance of faith, hope, and charity! Let us admit our sin and repent. Then let us rush back into the Father's arms for forgiveness, tenderness, and mercy. "Rejoice!"