Reflective Essay On The Lost Son

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My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 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: 31-32. The parable of the Lost Son has truly allowed me to come home this past summer. I had been wandering away from my faith, but I am back, I have come home to the Father. When I was ten years old, my favorite aunt, Aunt Cindy, died of colon cancer. She was only 42. I knew God had a plan that I would never understand, yet I became angry with Him. I didn’t want to go to, or even talk about, church. I was stripped of my childlike faith. I was going through the motions for years, to the point where service without heart was my…show more content…
Every time Chad spoke, he reminded us to remember “Who we are and Whose we are.” At first, I ignored him, God was speaking to me through Chad, but I shut him out. The band sang every night, and the worship, which once led me to praise and be joyful, reminded me of my anger. They sang about God, but this could not have been the god that put me through these trials. Later in the week, Banning spoke on ending of the Prodigal Son’s story, the son was lost, but now is found, he was welcomed home with love and open arms from his compassionate, loving father, who had been waiting for him. I knew at that moment the I needed to come home, I was not and could never be too far gone. I stayed after the band sang “Good Good Father,” and I sat with God, I felt his embrace in a way I never had before. I was able to speak with Banning, Chad, and my leader Amanda. Their words of encouragement have stuck with me, and given me the confidence to share Christ with the world. Shaver Lake changed my life and brought me home to God and to my church family. I am still not perfect, but I am loved. “Who, Whose, and Why,” has become my motto, as a reminder of Chad and Banning’s words, which came straight from God to save me. God knew those words and those exact worship songs, were exactly what my lost and broken soul needed to hear, needed to sing. I can no longer shut the church, and its people, out of my life. I have renewed faith and I am striving to grow closer to God and allow him to shine through in anything, and everything, I do. I have come back to my “Good Good Father,” and I am loved by

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