The Prodigal Son

Sound familiar?

‘Father, I have sinned against

heaven and against you.

I am no longer worthy

to be called your son.’

Welcome home

'For this son of mine was dead

and is alive again;

he was lost and is found.’

You are The Prodigal Son (or Daughter)

It is how, driven by our own self-will, we ventured into the world on our own.  We didn’t need help from anybody.  It didn’t take long for us to squander our inheritance in wild living.  We fell down through the layers of society until we found ourselves hungry, toiling in the barnyard of our addiction, ankle deep in pig shit.

He had hit bottom

Remember that in those days, pigs were considered unclean animals and it was forbidden to eat them.  We ourselves had partaken of the forbidden food (drugs and alcohol) and were stuck in the mud of our addition in the foulest place possible.  

 

He turned to his Higher Power

Feeling completely unworthy, the prodigal decided to return home to his Father.  “Father,” he cried.  “I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son.”

 

His Father welcomed him with open arms

The Father had been waiting patiently for his son to realize how unmanageable his life had become.  “Bring the fattened calf and kill it,” he said.  “Let’s have a feast and celebrate.  For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”  Thus each of us became The Prodigal Son.  Each of us fell into the mire of our addiction, in need of help.

 

In AA, we discovered all we had to do was ask for help

 The hand of AA and the arms of God always await us.  In spite of smelling like pig shit, we were welcomed with a smile and a cup of coffee.  They said, “We will love you until you learn to love yourself.”

You are home at last

So welcome!  You are one of us.  We know who you are for we have walked in your shoes. 

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The full text: Luke 15:11-31

‘My son,’ the father said,

‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.

Our Father

Alive again

'But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours

was dead and is alive again;

he was lost and is found.’

11Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

 

13“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

 

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! 18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20So 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.

 

21“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

 

22“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. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

 

25“Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

 

28“The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

 

31“ ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ ”

The Problem is Addiction

The Answer is Recovery

Text and original photos copyright 2017-2018 by Linville M. Meadows