THEME: GOD OUR FATHER
“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.”
-The Hebrew word for father is av which simply means dad. As we celebrate father’s day, let us always remember that we have a merciful Father who art in heaven and He cares for us. The prodigal received his inheritance, journeyed abroad and spent it all in prodigal living. He fed with pigs and lived a desolate life when he came to his senses. He decided to go back home and ask for forgiveness from his father and at least get a decent meal. When he got home, his father saw him from a far distance, ran to him and embraced him, put on the best robe on him, a ring, sandals on his feet and slaughtered for him a fattened calf. Like God our Father, we too are called to forgive all those who wrong or fail us and we too will be forgiven. Many people like in bitterness for the past sins of their children, relatives, friends and other people and have refused completely to forgive them. God calls us to forgive everyone who has trespassed against us and to love our enemies. Further, like the lost son, the parable of the lost sheep and the lost coin demonstrate the importance of one sinner who needs repentance that ninety nine who need no repentance. Also, that there is much rejoicing in heaven among the angels over that one sinner who repents, and we are all called to repentance. God is full of love and mercy as demonstrated by this parable and calls us to go to His throne of grace where we will find mercy and grace to be help us at our point of need.
God our Father Your are full of mercy and love, thank You for loving us. We thank You for Your mercy and love upon our lives, families and nation. We humbly come to Your throne of grace seeking Your mercy and grace to help us at our point of need. Forgive us our sins merciful Father for the many times we have sinned against heaven and help us forgive all those who have trespassed against us. Wash us with Your precious blood Jesus and fill our hearts always with the joy of Your salvation. Fill us with Your love and help us to love one another unconditionally. You are our eternal God and there none like You. Your kingdom is everlasting and Your gracious splendor reflect Your honor and majesty. Only You are Holy, only You are worthy Father, renew our minds and help us to seek You and follow You diligently. Your praises will always be on our lips, we praise You and adore You for only You deserve our praises and adoration. Reconciliation us always to Yourself Father and all those who are lost with Your salvation that we may rejoice together with You until we come to Your everlasting kingdom. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
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