Musing on Hosea 11… and the prodigal son in Luke 15
Families come in different shapes and sizes. In families we gain identity, security and love.
I have three brothers. Between us we have three parents. I have three children and three grandchildren. I only have one wife.
We talk of ‘the family of man’ and ‘the family of god’. ‘A father had two sons…’
Sunday was Fathers’ Day. Some celebrated their fathers. Some remembered absent fathers. Some reflected with love, anger or sadness.
I spoke about my Father with my brother yesterday. Dad was a conscientious objector in the war, a private man of principle and discretion…
God is portrayed as our ‘Heavenly Father’. ‘The younger son said, ‘Father…’’
Much of what goes on in families is ordinary, mundane practical stuff. Eating, sleeping, shopping, giving, receiving, surviving… Non-memorable but important.
The Christian creator Father God provides ordinary everyday necessities. ‘…Father give me my share of the estate…’
In families the emotional involvement and investment of all brings the greatest joy and the greatest sorrow.
Recently we have seen many images of families – the deep grief of bereavement and the elation and gratitude of healing and re-uniting.
The father grieves as the boy leaves home in difficult circumstances.
Imperfect families become a source of frustration. Things do not work out as hoped. Frustration with those closest to us – and ourselves.
The loving father knows his son has made bad choices. He can only wait for him to come to his senses.
The son is frustrated with himself, realising he has messed up big-time.
In the best families strong relationships come through tough times. Conflicts are resolved, wounds healed, faults forgiven.
The father waits and receives the prodigal son with open arms and delight. With the Father there is always reconciliation, restored relationships and second chances.
For several months now I have been ‘musing’. I have tried different styles, different approaches. Thank you to all who have contributed and have fed back with their thoughts. Registering a ‘like’ or a comment is really helpful as I constantly assess and re-evaluate…