Hi dearest friends and readers,
Welcome to the very first Sacred Sunday of my blog! Today I'm just going to put up a verse for you to read and think about, it's a popular one that many of you will know. Over the next few Sundays I will be doing something kindof unique with this bible verse, it's something we used to do at my old church. Breaking apart the parable and making a story about what it was like from the point of view of several different people within the story.
I would also ask my dear brothers and sisters who pray if you would pray for some of the following with me, if you can only spare a moment and pick one, that would be great, I know many of you have busy schedules!
I would like help to pray for the following:
- for my many lovely friends who have chronic illness and pain, that God would give them Grace to sustain them, strength to fortify them, joy, peace and love as their backbone
- for my friend Christopher who is moving house under stressful and unique circumstances, that God would give him patience, strength and help him to find a new church family.
- for Christopher's friend Tim who is very ill at the moment and ask that God be also with his wife and 4 children
- for all the refugees of the world who are displaced and without a home, that God would help them find joy in the rubble and help to lighten the load of burden they are carrying
- for strength of will to follow God's path, even where it may separate from my own path
here is the story of the Prodigal Son Luke 15: 11-31 ESV study bible
The Parable of the Prodigal Son
11 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. 14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to  one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.
17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’  22 But the father said to his servants,  ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.
25 “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”
Thanks be to God!
Soli Deo Gloria