Prodigal Son - March 15, 2015

The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen

The book we are studying during Lent steps in and discovers the characters in the famous painting by Rembrandt: "Return of the Prodigal." This is not the first time Rembrandt painted the Prodigal Son (he had made several others versions), but it was the last one he painted (1668).

“One of the greatest challenges of the spiritual life is to receive God’s forgiveness. There is something in us humans that keeps us clinging to our sins and prevents us from letting God erase our past and offer us a completely new beginning. Sometimes it even seems as though I want to prove to God that my darkness is too great to overcome” (Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son p. 50)

In the parable and in the painting, the scene captures a moment in time when the love of the father is all that matters. Others may look on with incomprehension or doubt, but the younger son knows he is loved and accepted.

Do we know we are loved and accepted? Are we by-standers in our own spiritual life? Are we so judgmental we have no hope of forgiveness?

We hope you will join us this Sunday, 9:30 a.m., at the Churchville Presbyterian Finney Class as we continue our study of the Return of the Prodigal Son.

Together in Christ,


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