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John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

Homeness. We all have memories tied to certain people, specific places, and special things that create the feeling of home to us. It’s history, tradition, favorite activities, holidays and home cooked recipes. It’s where we feel a sense of identity. Home is where we feel truly loved and truly known. We feel wholeness there.

Our journey through the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin now ends with the parable of the lost boy. Described in Luke fifteen is the home, including the boy’s brother and father. Because of the relationship the boy had with his father, his value transcended any wealth or circumstance. When the boy left home, the father spent much time watching and waiting for him to return. The boy was lost because he chose to leave home, break the ties, and cut himself off from those who knew and loved him. He chose adventure into the unknown and to leave the stability, security and safety of his boyhood home.

Homeness filled the lost boy’s mind, even after getting to a desired far away place. He couldn’t stop thinking of the treasures he left there. Remembering his gracious father, the good things, and wishing he could experience them again brought him to his senses. “I’m going back home,” he finally decided. The freedom he thought leaving home would bring him only brought hunger, pain, misery and brokenness. Turning around and coming home would bring healing to his broken mind, body, and spirit, as well as restoration to the relationship with his father. True freedom is only found in the Father’s redeeming love. Our Father God’s desire is to bring wholeness to all. Through faith, we have the opportunity to be in fellowship with him and live in his heavenly home forever. Homeness with the Father is wholeness. As you think about this powerful truth today, listen to this musical rendition of Psalm 23. [/vc_column_text][us_separator height=”25px” size=”custom”][vc_column_text]

By Donna Burns  

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