Driving past the street kids in Kampala, my 7 year old daughter noticed their dire situation scrapping through life with hardly any help. They were dirty, hungry, sick, abandoned and desperate. Her obvious question was “why have they been left on the street to live like they did. Why don’t they just go back home to their parents who would clean them, dress them, feed them, love them and give them a better life?” My long winded answer was not good enough for her 7 year old mind. All she picked up was the fact that these kids had no family, no home and no help. The best she could say was, “am glad I have a daddy and a mommy.” Sons are nurtured, loved, accepted and guided. They are surrounded with provision, care, protection and direction. Sons are covered, prosperous, disciplined, guided and mentored.
In the father’s house the prodigal son had grown into an incredible young man loaded with wisdom, hard work, prosperity, discipline and grace. He was at the verge of becoming the next generational leader that would be entrusted with the future of his family and nation. All that, was short-circuited when he left his place of sonship and started chasing shadows outside his place of sonship. Obviously he didn’t seek the father’s wisdom or blessing on this new endeavour. He packed his bags and all his talents, moving to the flashing lights of high life only to wake up at the stench of swine. Stay a son and you will never be lost.
SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 15:20-32 20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’ ”
DEVOTION PRAYER: Oh Lord, you have loaded me with wisdom, hard work and prosperity. I have the grace to become the next generational leader. I choose to take this responsibility seriously. Amen