Prodigal Son

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You know the phrase “prodigal son." It comes from a parable about a young heir to a fortune, impatient for the good life.

“Give me my cut now,” he said to his father. Then he took the cash and left for the bright lights. When the money ran out, the playboy was reduced to slopping pigs. Noticing that the pigs ate better than he did, the young man thought, “My father feeds his servants well. Since I’ve lost the chance to be his son, maybe he'll let me work for him.”

The boy never got a chance to ask for work. His father saw him from a distance and ran out to welcome him home.

I’m Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge, and I can't add to this story . . . except to say that giving and receiving second chances are a risky and wonderful part of the high calling of our daily work.

"The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' "But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate."

(Luke 15:21-24)