you’d never end the story

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Frank Wesley, The Forgiving Father. Image sourced here

sorry, i know this is a lot of posts for one day… but i’ve been getting a few calls from people asking for a copy of this. it’s a reflection on the story of the prodigal son / forgiving father, which is this Sunday’s Gospel reading. it was written to be used alongside Frank Wesley’s painting.

You’d never end the story by turning us away
so why do we live as if we could do something that will stop you loving us?

You’d never end the story giving up waiting for us
so why do we live in fear of wearing out your patience?

You’d never end the story with a litany of our sins
so why do we live as though you see us only with eyes of judgement?

You’d never end the story giving us one last warning
so why do we live in fear that your goodwill will run out?

You’d never end the story not recognising us
so why do we live thinking you don’t know the shape of our souls?

You’d never end the story with outpourings of anger
so why do we live in fear of incurring your wrath?

You’d never end the story by taking us back as servants
so why do we live as though there are limits on your grace?

You’d never end the story slamming a door in our face
so why do we live in fear of your rejection?

You’d never end the story with anything but love
so why do we live as though our story might end with anything but love?

6 Comments

  1. Wow, that’s fantastic Cheryl. I presume that your posting it infers permission to use it for worship with appropriate acknowledgement?

  2. Cheryl

    thanks, jonny!

    Linz, very happy for it to be used. acknowledge it if it appears in printed form, otherwise don’t bother!

  3. Blair

    That’s awesome Cheryl. I love its simplicity. Thank you.

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