Nouwen’s Father of the Prodigal

Rembrandt, "The Prodigal Son," photo courtesy of wikimedia commons.

This father's day I was reminded of Henri Nouwen's description of the prodigal's father in his book The Return of the Prodigal Son:

God is not the patriarch who stays home, doesn't move and expects his children to come to him, apologize for their aberrant behavior, beg for forgiveness, and promise to do better. To the contrary, he leaves the house, ignoring his dignity by running toward them, pays no heed to apologies and promises of change, and brings them to the table richly prepared for them. 

Henri Nouwen
The Return of the Prodigal Son, pg. 106

May you be that type of father, and may you recognize that you have that type of father already, this fathers day.

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