A father embracing his son from "The Prodigal Son" by Liz Lemon Swindle

He Never Gives Up On Us

“And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.” – Luke 15:20

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“Bring the best robe …” (wrapped in the love of God)

“Put a ring on him …” (restored as His sons and daughters)

“Put shoes on his feet …” (to walk the covenant path) – Luke 15:22

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“For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.” – Luke 15:24

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Each of us finds ourselves lost at some point in our mortal journey

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Sometimes we are lost through innocent wandering (a lost sheep) – Luke 15:4

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Sometimes we are lost through the negligence or abuse of others (a lost coin) – Luke 15:8

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And sometimes we are lost through our own choices and sins (a prodigal son) – Luke 15:12-15

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However we have become lost, our Father will not stop searching until we are found.

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He will explore every wandering path, light every candle, sweep and search every corner, exploit every avenue possibly available to Him to bring us home.

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For us, that searching included a star over Bethlehem, blood in Gethsemane, nails on Golgotha, and an empty garden tomb.

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And when we are found, Our Father rejoices!

And He wants ALL His family to rejoice together!

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“Can I even come back after everything I’ve done?”

The young man asked me years ago in the bishop’s office …

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Every word of Christ’s teachings echoes a resounding, “YES!”.

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“Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him will I receive …” – 3 Nephi 9:14

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If we’re feeling lost … It’s time to come home.

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If we know someone who’s lost … it’s time to help in the search.

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If our child or grandchild is lost … know that there is a legion of heavenly and earthly servants actively employed in the search … And God will ultimately bring them home!

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Image credit – “The Prodigal Son” by Liz Lemon Swindle

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