Dear Church Family,
“Then the father said to him, “Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.”’
The story of the Prodigal Son is one that always fills me with joy and delight. In it, we read of the son returning home after years of squandering his birthright and abandoning his family. His long-suffering father is so delighted that his son has returned home that he throws the finest feast and celebrates his son’s redemption. This story came to mind this week, not because it is the appointed reading for Sunday but because of a stray cat that appeared in the Rectory garden.
On Wednesday afternoon I noticed a black cat limping across the lawn. He was a little nervous and wanted to get away from me when I approached him, but he was unable to run and he couldn’t climb the fence either. Alice and I eventually coaxed him into a blanket and popped him in the car with our son Isaac as a carrying companion. A quick visit to the vet found that our poorly visitor was in fact, a seventeen-year-old cat known as Sooty. Thank goodness for microchipping. His owner was contacted, and we felt that our good deed for the day was done.
However, the story had not concluded! It turns out that Sooty had been missing from his home for FIVE years and his owner had presumed that she would never see him again. She was thrilled to have her cat back at home and couldn’t believe that he had been found.
It does beg the question, what was Sooty doing for the last five years? Who had adopted him, where had he been living, and is there now a family missing the cat they’ve loved since 2015?!
However, Sooty is now where he should be: with the family who has missed him for so long, back with his loving owner who couldn’t believe the phone call she received last Wednesday evening.
The parallels with the Prodigal Son are, hopefully, clear! I won’t attempt to hit you over the head with a drawn-out explanation. But I would like us all to dwell on just how much our heavenly Father loves us and wants us to return home to Him. His love cannot be matched.
During this lockdown, we are meeting online via Facebook to pray for the nation on Thursday evenings at 6 pm. There are other ways you can join us too:
Make a plan or set an alarm to take part in a pause for prayer at 6 pm every day. We don’t need to be gathered together physically to do this and it doesn’t have to be for long.
Please also consider joining in with the call to fast on Thursdays. You can fast from anything that may help you to pray or make space – meals, TV, social media, caffeine, etc.
We gather for our Morning Worship at 9.30 am this Sunday, live on Facebook ONLY. Please do not come to the building as only those involved in the service are permitted to attend.