Lenten Reading for March 15

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The parable continues.

When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, “How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, ˜Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.” So he set off and went to his father. (Luke 15:14 – 20a)  One of the most frustrating things about life is that we rarely fully appreciate what we have until it is gone.

Life has a way of humbling us. At some point our drifting gives way to a shipwreck. We fail at something that we invested ourselves in; we run smack into our limitations; we discover the sin we didn’t want to acknowledge in ourselves. As painful as it may be, this experience of being humbled is full of opportunity.

“But when he came to himself.”There comes a moment of awakening when we realize that the life we have been living cleaning out the pig poop doesn’t need to be so. Life can be better than this, but it requires that we ourselves change. We begin to head home.There comes a moment of awakening when we realize that the life we have been living cleaning out the pig poop doesn’t need to be so. Life can be better than this, but it requires that we ourselves change. We begin to head home.

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