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Prodigal Love November 10, 2011

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Commitment, Family, Forgiveness, Friends, Love, Parenting/Children, Relationships, Religion.
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In the Gospel of Luke 15:11-32, we see the story of “The Prodigal Son.” As I re-read this today, I was reminded of the Prodigal’s father, who I’ve always found fascinating.

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Parable: The Holes are Still There September 28, 2011

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Family, Forgiveness, Friends, Relationships, Self-Worth.
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This story is not, to the best of my knowledge, rooted in an actual event. I’ve heard several variations, and have quoted one of the shorter versions on this very blog. However, there is a longer version that I heard recently, and it bears repeating here, though this is most definitely my paraphrase and interpretation. The lesson, unfortunately, is one that I’m still learning.

Years ago, a farmer and his wife were sitting down to dinner with their teenage son. The son (behaving as teenagers have a tendency to do), was upset with his parents over what he perceived to be unfair rules, which they had put in place for his protection.

Unable to see their rules as a sign of love and caring, the son lashed out lashed out and said, “You are the worst parents in the world. I can’t believe the way you treat me. I hate you! I hate you! I hate you!!!”

The farmer, boiling with anger, said nothing. Instead he stood up, pointed to the son’s room, and waited until his son received the all-too-clear message. Being stubborn, but not stupid, the son quietly got up from the table, walked quietly to his room, and shut the door. For the rest of the evening, not a word was spoken by anyone in the house. (more…)