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Tuesday January 24, 2017

“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.’” -Luke 15:32


Yesterday morning before church, Harold and I were arguing over something. I can’t even remember what it was about, that’s how petty and insignificant it was.

While we are in the middle of ignoring each other, we discovered that our yellow lab (Nala) had ran away.

Once we found out she had run away, we walked down the street searching for her. Harold hollered one way, and I hollered the other.

Eventually, after calling for her, we saw her come bolting around a house, sprinting towards home.

Once she was back, Harold and I’s argument was long gone. It seemed completely irrelevant. We were too focused on being happy that our family member had returned home.

As Christians in the church, insignificant and petty arguments can take place. A sinner coming home is the most important thing that we Christians can be, and should be focusing on. I am afraid that we get distracted and miss what is truly important.

I am reminded by the story in the Bible about the prodigal son. The father was overjoyed about his family member finally returning to where he belonged. The brother, was bitter, complaining and angry. He missed the importance of this beautiful and incredible realization. HIS BROTHER WAS HOME!

It is time for us to put our arguments, disputes, and opinions to rest. Instead, lets start celebrating when our family members come home!

Prayer: “God, thank you for loving your children. Help me to not get wrapped up in insignificant things that matter. I want to rejoice in what is important. Your children, returning to where they belong with you. In your name I pray, Amen.”

-Whitney Flach