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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

27 August 2014: Jeannine Davies, St. Mary Magdalen Church, Sheet

A Biblical Story With a Modern Day Twist

Some years ago my friend was divorced and despite every effort, began to lose touch with his 2 children. The Son went seriously off the rails, was thrown out by his Mum and went to live with his Dad and his new wife who welcomed him into the household. He continued on his ruinous path and refused therapy. After completing University, funded by his Dad, the Son shunned further contact and seemed to disappear. The sadness was immense. My friend, his wife and their children moved abroad.

One month ago my friend's daughter, now aged 16 was surprised to receive a facebook message from someone asking if she was his Step Sister and wondering if his Dad would object to his contacting him. The Son, now in his 30s has a partner and a baby daughter and wants to 'come home', make amends and be part of his Dad's life again. The joy of his Son's return and the surprise of being a Grandfather has filled everyone with immense happiness.

The Son and his family are flying out tomorrow: his Dad will be at the airport with his arms stretched out wide to welcome him home.

This really is a modern day version of the Return of the Prodigal Son. Reconciliation is always an option, no matter how many decades have passed and if you too are regretting a past decision, perhaps this will give you courage to make contact again. May God be with you when you try.

This article was submitted for publication in the Petersfield Post on 27 August; it was published in the Post on 20 August.

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