The story of the return of the prodigal son uncovers the heart of God the Father. God finds us at the edge and draws us into the centre. We are pursued in the best possible way. Relentlessly. Inexhaustibly. This is the nature of the father’s love for each of us. Yet we all question this love. We would do well to examine our internal questions from time to time. Consider the insight of Henri Nouwen from ‘The Return of the Prodigal Son’,
Now I wonder whether I have sufficiently realized that all this time God has been trying to find me, to know me, and to love me. The question is not “How am I to find God?” but “How am I to let myself be found by him?” The question is not “How am I to know God?” but “How am I to let myself be known by God?” And, finally, the question is not “How am I to love God?” but “How am I to let myself be loved by God?”
Can I accept that I am worth looking for? Do I believe that there is a real desire in God to simply be with me?
God my Father
Who pursues without restraint –
When you hold all my questions, you hold me
And help me accept
I am worth looking for