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Today's Devotion

December 17

My Bible Verse:
"For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate." Luke 15:24

Have you ever been lost in a store? You may have felt frightened because you did not know what to do. Most likely, your parents were very relieved when they found you. In the Bible, Jesus tells the parable of the lost son. The father in the story had two sons. The younger son asked for his part of his father's inheritance, so the father gave it to him. With the money in hand, the man's son ran away from home and wasted the money given to him by his father. Now without money, the son had to get a job working with pigs, and he became very hungry because he had nothing to eat. Eventually, the younger son went back home to his father. This son was frightened that his dad was going to be frustrated with him for running away and spending all of his money. The young man was even willing to work for his father in order to earn his father's trust back! Instead, the son's caring parent was overjoyed when he saw his missing son, so he threw a party to celebrate with him. The gracious father encouraged the son that ran away by celebrating with him when he returned home. Despite the son's poor decisions, this loving father forgave his son out of love, just like God forgives us out of His fatherly love, because He loves us so very much. Just like the father waited for his son to return home, we await the coming of Jesus during Advent. We can be sure that when we sin, Jesus is waiting for us to return to Him with open arms. Just like the prodigal son, we are lost because we are sinful and wander away from God. When we realize that we need Jesus Christ in our lives, He is very proud of our decisions and takes good care of us. Because God loved us so much, He sent His only Son down to earth to be crucified, so we would be saved from our sins. What an amazing gift! He paid the ultimate price for our sins, and we need to thank our Heavenly Father for that sacrifice every day.

My Prayer:
Lord, Help me to return to Your open arms when I fall away from You. Thank You for sending Your Son, our Savior, Jesus, to save us from our sins. Amen. Author: Madeleine