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 Parable of the Lost Son
Jesus told parables as illustrations
Spiritual truths for all generations
Using story form so we can relate
With changes we may need to make

There was a father with two sons
Upon request of the younger one
When given his share of the estate
Leaves home not knowing his fate

He spends his wealth on wild living
Then a famine leaves him starving
He worked feeding pigs in a field
But nothing given to eat for his fill

Finally coming to his senses one day
He would go home to his father and say
I have sinned against heaven and you
Not worthy to be your son anymore too

His father, seeing his son from a distance
Compassionately runs to him in an instant
Kissed and embraced him with open arms
Hearing his speech, no reason for alarm

His father rejoices his son has come home
With gifts of a ring, sandals, and best robe
Kill the fatted calf to celebrate all around
My son was dead and lost, but now found

The older son had been out in the field
But closer to the house he now heard
Music, dancing, but why all the bother
Servant said for the return of his brother

The older son was angry and did not go in
His father went out and pleaded with him
The son replied years I have slaved for you
Obeying, with no celebration given me too

My son, spoken in love, both equally adored
You are always with me, all I have is yours
The reason we had to celebrate all around
Your brother was lost, now has been found

The father in the story is God Himself above
Seeking out all lost sheep through His love
As the younger son left home going astray
God finds us when we admit our sinful way

Which of the two sons does your life relate
We do not know the path the older son takes
God left it that way for us to decide the end
Lost or found affects the eternity we spend

My friend, don't wait for final judgment day
God will not weigh the good you do and say
There is only one way to heaven to enter in
By faith accept His free gift, admit your sin

Based on Luke 15:11-32 (NIV)
Available to read at the following link:

Isaiah 53:6 (NIV)
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has
turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on
him the iniquity of us all.

Luke 19:10 (NIV)
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.

John 10:27-28 (NIV)
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they
follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall
never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.

Carol Salter 10/16/10

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