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I hope you will make the time to reread the Parable of the Prodigal Son today. (Lk 15:11-32) What Mr Banks says in the chapter called “Week 4 The Running Father” is both powerful and beautiful. Listen to this excerpt, “Jesus is God seeing us in the distance and looking on us with compassion. He is God running to us and throwing His arms around us. He is heaven’s kiss welcoming the repenting sinner home.” (p49) Jesus came to show us how the Father desires to run to us and restore us into His Forever Family. When we come to the end of ourselves, when we admit there is nothing worth having in this temporary life, when we choose to repent and look towards Jesus, we will find that our Holy Father has been looking and longing for us the whole time. How amazing! Take some time to praise God for His patience and mercy today.

And as we praise God, know that our own prodigals are in His loving hands as well. Mr Banks reminds us of this truth as he says, “Jesus loves my prodigal son and welcomes my prayers for him. Jesus wants to restore him to the Father and welcome him home. He has called me to join in His search and rescue mission. Together, we’re going after my son.” (p49) Together, through surrender, continued prayer and Faith in God, we can, and will, draw our prodigals back from the world and into our Father’s waiting arms.

2023’s Got A Minute? Book Club

January: The First & Best Book Ever: The Bible

February: Love Is In the Air: “The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts” by Gary Chapman

March: Spring Growth: “Secrets of the Vine” by Bruce Wilkinson

April: Living the Resurrected Life: “The Wonderful Spirit Filled Life” by Dr Charles Stanley

May: My Spiritual Mom: “Making Good Habits Breaking Bad Habits” by Joyce Meyer

June: Spiritual Dad:  “It’s Not About Me- Rescue from the Life We Thought Would Make Us Happy” by Max Lucado

July: Financial Freedom “Complete Guide to Money” by Dave Ramsey

August: Summer’s Soul Restorer “A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23” by W Phillip Keller

September: Covering Our Children: “Prayers for the Prodigals” by James Banks

<>< Peace, Diane