Christian counsellor Dick DeGraaf says that life consists of two journeys. One is the journey of independence we take to leave home. The second is the journey to go back home. We are all on one of those journeys.

This is the story we learn from the Prodigal Son. One day he gets as far away from home as he possibly can. Another day is the sorrowful road home. If you find yourself going back and forth, you are not alone.

We may need to reach a breaking point before we commit to the road home. Lost as we find ourselves, we have the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to guide us. We are never alone in the journey.

Luke 15:
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

What will forever amaze us is the unrestrained love and acceptance that comes from the Father in the story. It is the hope of love that puts us on the road home.

Where are you at today? Are you moving further away or retracing your steps home? We can learn much about confessing our faults by listening to the prodigal’s self-speech. His rehearsed apology contains the essential humility we need to face the truth about ourselves.