Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality


The Prodigal Son’s Older Brother

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The parable of the prodigal son, found in Luke 15, provides nutrient for those of us who feel lost in the world. The story is about a man who has 2 sons. The younger son, full of ambition and ardor, wanted his inheritance early. The father gave it to him, but the son promptly wasted it all, and found himself destitute.

The younger son eventually went back to his father. The father kissed him and brought him home and threw a party for him. The level of forgiveness and joy seem indescribably welcoming as we read the parable of the prodigal son, however, years ago, I also took in another view of the story that helped me in a time of need.

I was pregnant and woke one night in discomfort. While lying in bed, I thought about the parable of the prodigal son. I didn’t relate at first, because I wasn’t feeling like a lost, destitute soul, but I thought further and considered the older brother’s experience.

The older brother had stayed with the father, and continued working, while his younger brother was out goofing off. But, when he saw his dad had thrown a party for the naughty, lazy brother, the older son got upset. Basically asking his dad, “Why do you give him a party, and ignore me, even after I’ve been good this whole time?”

The father replied, “Everything I have is yours.”

If God is my Father and everything of God’s is ours, what does that mean?

A God of Love is full of compassion, sweetness, and mercy, and it is ours.

A God of Truth is complete with honesty, integrity, and self-worth, and it is ours.

A God of Life is expressive of strength, comfort, and purpose, and it is ours.

I became comfortable that night and went back to sleep.



Previous Posts

Sabbath Services in a local Jewish Temple
The Jewish Sabbath begins at sunset on Friday and ends sunset on Saturday. I attended the local Beth El Temple for Friday evening service in Oneonta, and met Rabbi Molly Karp. The congregation was welcoming.

posted 9:00:31am Nov. 23, 2014 | read full post »

Free Science and Health E-Book offer
The first person to enter the promo code (below) at Trafford Stub.com will receive a free E-book of 21st Century Science and Health 10200000231748

posted 8:08:19am Nov. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Hiking a world marvel
Pronounced Tuh-GA-nick, Taughannock falls carves a 400 foot deep gorge through layers of sandstone, shale and limestone that were once the bed of an ancient sea. With a 215 foot plunge, this waterfall stands three stories taller than Niagara Falls. By happenstance, Doug and I came across Taughann

posted 8:08:12am Nov. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Atmosphere of Love more powerful than weather
From 21st Century Science and Health: If you think weather affects health poorly, your Mind-remedy is safe and sure. If you are a scientist of Spirit, symptoms of sickness are not apt to follow exposure to certain weather. However, if you believe in laws of mortality and their fatal effects when

posted 8:14:52am Nov. 13, 2014 | read full post »

Saving silence
For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. Psalm 62:1 ESV

posted 8:06:10am Nov. 09, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.