Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Lost

Alone, beat down, depressed, broken, hopeless, abandoned, destitute, forgotten, ignored.  Just a few of the words that come to mind when I think about the lost.  I sketched this while pondering how the prodigal son must have felt before he decided to crawl back home (Luke 15:18-19).   
As my pencil worked out the lines of this sketch I imagined what life would feel like apart from God.   Like the prodigal son, we often look to the things of this world to satisfy, sustain, and fulfill.   And for a time the superficial may just seem to be the fix we need.   Over time however, the things of this world will always let you down.  That is when many of us slip into that lost feeling once again.   We may hold up the exterior facade of togetherness, but inside there is a deep pit of "The Lost" trying to swallow us whole.  The good news:  the lost cycle does not have to continue, we do not have to live apart from God.  God is relentless in his love for his people and he tirelessly seeks the lost.  Like the prodigal son,  God is waiting to welcome us home, with open arms and all that he has to offer.

The Parable of the Lost Son - Luke 15:11-32

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

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