Lenten reflection — Where Jesus learned his stories

February 29, 2016 (continuing my Lenten series on Luke 15:11-32)

They sit there of a night
glad that the family is back together
and she asks –

“What made you go out
into the road to welcome him?
I thought you were still
angry … about him treating you
like you were dead.”

“Well, Rachel,
it reminded me so much of
that time when I lost the sheep
up in the hills.
I just had to keep
searching and searching.

I felt so much joy
when I caught the little critter
and carried him in my arms.
That day, with a storm blowing up —
you remember the darkness —
it came into my mind,
like God put it there.”

“Funny thing, Issachar.
I was thinking
of the time two years ago
when I lost the coin
from my wedding headband.

How I searched and swept –
beautiful silver coin —
and eventually I found it.

Finding a child
is far more precious.”

They turned to look at
their older son.
“How about you, Daniel,”
she asked, “do you remember
what you were doing?”

“Lord, yes, I dug up
the whole field west of the house.
What a mess. Dirt everywhere.
You won’t believe it –
I was sure
I would find a treasure.”

“And was there a treasure?”
his father asked.

“I’ll never know –
that was when you came out
to say my brother was home.”

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6 Responses to Lenten reflection — Where Jesus learned his stories

  1. sugruerm says:

    Lovely (and botheration) I can’t fit in more than 9 prodigal reflections for my services this Sunday, just 5 mins ago I emailed my choices to my ‘volunteer’ readers!

  2. Maren says:

    OK, now I can’t get my head through the door.

  3. rezrevres says:

    I often wondered where all those parables came from, thanks for clearing that up for me.

  4. Maren says:

    The last one — about spending one’s life digging in a field of dirt for a treaure has always seemed to be the perfect text for a pastor’s retirement sermon.

  5. The elder brother’s life and work could be a meditation on its own – the thread of hard work and devotion to it despite all is part of so many of Jesus’ stories. Yet Jesus is himself a prodigal son – he left home, he isn’t helping out the family financially, and they do think he’s in trouble, acc to Luke. Thanks again.

  6. Maren says:

    Well, now there is a thought! Though I suppose, one could argue he was the oldest.

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