Our Scripture lesson this morning is usually called “the parable of the prodigal son,” but in my mind, a better title would be “the parable of the lost son.” It is one of three parables that Jesus tells in Luke chapter 15—the parable of the lost sheep, the parable of the lost coin and the parable of the lost son. Each parable has a similar plot. Something is lost, something is found, and then there is a party.
These parables show us the three things about the character of God: 1) God is a God of compassion; 2)
God is a God who loves to party; 3) God is a God of grace. Continue reading The Lost Son–Luke 15:11-32
“Fear” is the word that summarizes the year 2020. Even left unspoken, it’s in our minds! Much of what has happened this year has been fear based: fear of getting corona virus, fear of political changes, fear of isolation and abandonment, fear of financial losses, fear of racial injustice, fear of the future. And the list goes on.
And so on this Christmas Eve we are gathered here, bringing with us our fears and disappointments, to hear the word of the angel, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” (Luke 2:10, KJV) Continue reading Fear Not, A Christmas Eve Meditation on Luke 2: 10-11