Sunday, October 17, 2010

MERCY IN THE FATHER'S EYES


Ever since I was a little girl I've loved the Parable of The Prodigal Son.  It of course is a wonderful story of love and redemption and can be found in the third book of the New Testament (Luke 15:11-32).

Several years ago when my family and I were going through an extremely emotional and challenging time I found myself leaning heavily upon the teachings of my early childhood. I can't begin to tell you the renewed hope I carried within my heart as I remembered the message behind the words Jesus first shared with his Disciples over two thousand year ago.  There is such mercy in the Father's eyes!

Through twenty-one verses of a fairly short Bible story I learned to hold fast to my faith in God and to never give up on those I love...no matter how despairing things may seem.

I was certain I had once shared with you the words to the following song, but try as I might I can't find the Post with the lyrics.  Maybe I'm mistaken...or...maybe I just need to share them again.  Just maybe...JUST MAYBE one of you is standing today in the very place where I once stood...

Blessings to you today as you worship and trust completely in The Most High!


COME HOME
(Author Unknown)

"Have you hungered in the wilderness for a peace that your heart knew before? Have you wandered finding something less when inside you've been longing for more. If you remember how it used to be when you lived your life more abundantly...

Come home...come home.
If you're tired, and weary, come home. The Father is waiting to welcome his own, and you've been gone, so long. Come home.

You've been searching since you said good-bye, like a child with a lesson to learn. But there's mercy in your Father's eyes as He waits for the day you return. And it won't matter where your heart has been when He holds you close in His arms again...

Come home...come home.
If you're tired and weary, come home. The Father is waiting to welcome His own, and you've been gone so long.. come home... come home...

Oh why do you keep running from the one who loves you most, so far from where you know you want to be? Patiently He's waiting and He longs to hold you close...even now He's calling softly and tenderly;

Come home...Come home.
If you're tired and weary come home... the Father is waiting to welcome His own... and you've been gone so long... you've been gone so long... Come home."

Love to you...

25 comments:

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Just beyond great Sunday mornig post,dearest Rebecca:-)*

Thank you so very much,

My hugs and Love to you,
***Violetta***

Lovey said...

Oh such beautiful words for a tired soul...

Theresa said...

Oh how sweet Rebecca! Isn't it wonderful that we can find strength in God's Word and songs of faith? I love it and have been there many times myself!

Love to you and hope your Sunday is wonderful!

Ann said...

Jesus is definately calling today, I love this song. I remember singing it in church. Thanks for posting.
Ann

Rita said...

What a beautiful song. He is always waiting and longing for us to come to Him. Thanks for the reminder. Hope you have a wonderful day of worship.

Chambray Blue said...

Thanks for sharing. I think we've all been there at one time or another... have a blessed day.

Susan said...

Amen Rebecca!!

NanaDiana said...

Rebecca-What a beautiful post. I think a lot of people forget where their strength and hope really is...especially when things are not going the way you want them to...or are not what you expected.

There was an old hymn that we used to sing when I was a kid. Come Home...Come Home...Ye who are weary come home. It sounds like an abbreviated form of the one you posted. Lovely~ Diana

Jeannie B. said...

Lovely post. I love the hymn too!

Mary Ellen said...

Rebecca, Happy Sunday!! Years ago I read Charles Spurgeon's sermon on the Prodigal Son. It forever changed my view of my Heavenly Father. I looked up Prodigal in the dictionary and it meant lavish to point of excess, extravagant expenditure, expending wastefully, profuse. The title of the sermon is Prodigal Love for the Prodigal Son. It isn't so much the Son this story is about but the Lavish, extravagant love the Father had for the son! He goes into detail of how significant each act is- the running, kissing, ring etc. It is just an awesome reminder of how very much the Father loves us!! I am still trying to get my mind around that thought!

I can send you the paper via email if you would like - just let me know!

As I am writing this I am thinking this would be a great post for me to do someday on this-

bee blessed
mary

Rose said...

beautiful post. a great Sunday and everday thought. rose

agypsyangel said...

Happy Sunday to you. I love that story too. Sorry I havent been by, my blogger forgot my blogs I follow then my computer had some problems...anyways, alot of the blog names were gone :( Glad you came by my blog, so nice to see you. I hope all is well with you.
Hugs,
Kim

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lovely, Rebecca! You always have something uplifting on your blog, and I thank you for it. :-)

Just wanted to pop by and see if you are finally home. I didn't want to mail your teapot and your check unless you were. Is it safe to mail it? Please let me know...

Thanks!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Grandma Nina said...

Rebecca, Such a beautiful song. This was so nice to read on this Sunday and it went so well with my post of today. Thank you.

Rita said...

Dear Rebecca,
thank you for your visit as it gave me the occasion to come by and enjoy your gorgeous post.
Have a great week
rita
p.s. great Saturday post too!

Dolores said...

Ahhhhh, what a beautiful and inspiring post...... love the song!!!

Home and Heart said...

The Bible is full of so many TRUE stories and wonderful lessons. As the mother of a child with dwarfism, I like to tell him of David and Goliath. Not the killing part. The part that with God's help no matter how small we are, or may feel, we can overcome the largest of problems.

Linda said...

Great reminder Rebecca. I love the encouragement found in the old hymns.
Thanks for this post. We all need to draw close to our Heavenly Father...and to "Come Home" to the Father who is waiting for us with open and forgiving arms!

Sue said...

Such a beautiful, and soothing post you have written today, This parable from the Bible has always given me such hope. Thank you for sharing. What a wonderful way for me to end my day.
Hugs,
Sue

Ann Nichols said...

Such a beautiful post - and so true! But it's your previous post that caught my immediate attention (and made me become a follower)! I love Victoria magazines too and have stacks and stacks of them! I bring them out by the month and so enjoy going through them all...like old friends come to visit again!I couldn't be happier that they are again being published.
So happy to have found you! Please join me at my history blog! I'd love to have you along!
Ann

Carolyn said...

Hi Rebecca!

Such a beautiful post! I am ever so thankful to KNOW Him and can call Him Home! :) So wonderful to have sisters in Christ who KNOW Him as well and I know exactly what they are talking about (I believe it is called Kindred Spirit)! :)

Have a beautiful day!
Hugs, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

Sheila said...

I love this story too. I also love the song you posted there.
Thanks for all of your encouraging posts.
Have a great day!
Sheila

Tammy said...

Is there anything more comforting in knowing we can go home, call home, pray home whenever we need to? Beautiful post today R. Tammy

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Rebecca. You are my ray of sunshine. I do not see that ever ending.

sonya said...

Thank you Rebecca for sharing this hymn. And the Parable of the Prodigal Son. I too have a prodigal son whom I'm waiting to come home. For 10 years I've prayed for him and this song as I read it became a prayer for him. God has plans for him I know. God bless you for sharing, I needed to read this.
Hugs,
Sonya

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