Yellow tape. Do not cross

March 11, 2016
Pause, preachers,
do not tell this parable without
thinking about this verse.

But when he came to himself he said, “How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger?” 
Luke 15:17

Listen, prodigals,
all of you who are prodigals
and now have come to yourselves —
unless you can say …
that is the home
where no one is dying of hunger,
do not turn again and go there.

Do not turn again
to the home of incest,
the home of neglect or danger,
the home of abuse or anger.

Not all fathers and not all mothers,
not all homes
and not all churches,
are parables for God.

But there will be a safe home,
a chosen family or a found family,
and there is a party
that is waiting for you.

(Also there will be one or two
self-righteous who think
you need to repent more
and work harder,
but they are everywhere.
And mostly they grumble,
get a little attention
and then come dance.)

Listen, prodigals,
when you come to yourselves,
and turn to the long road,
be very sure the story you follow
is written by God.

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5 Responses to Yellow tape. Do not cross

  1. Nancy says:

    What wise ‘advice’. I recall speaking words like this long ago to a brother of mine who ‘came to himself’ and was returning home. Like a miracle from God (and I am sure it was), when he reached his home a group of people he knew were using his sauna. He went inside with them and told them his story of ‘coming to himself’ and my words of caution about finding the right ‘home’ to put himself in. They were just that home in just that church community and welcomed him with open arms to his new life. Pray for those who have this ‘coming to’ experience that all will go home to a warm welcome even if it is not their human family.

  2. Elsa Anders Cook says:

    This makes me wish I was preaching this parable on Sunday.

  3. Wow, once more. How many lessons are in ONE scripture? God’s word and His world are surely new EVERY day!

  4. Bravo! Amen and Amen!!!

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