The young man possessed everything he needed, and yet he yearned something else. Whatever he wanted, he didn't see it coming from his father. Perhaps he felt his father was holding out on him. Demanding what he felt he deserved, the young man took his half of his inheritance and hit the road. (Luke 15:11-32)
Freely, the father handed over the younger son's portion of his
inheritance and let him leave. He didn't attempt to convince him to
stay or chase after him when he left. The father released him but kept
watch with open arms for the day he might return.
We hold no guarantee for the return of those who wish to leave us, but
may we learn from the prodigal son's father to wait with receptive arms
if they do. May we also remember that our Heavenly Father desires for
us to willingly return to his unconditional love and acceptance when
we've moved away from it.
He has withheld nothing good from us. Our best is always on the
forefront of His heart. We just need to come to our senses and