more beautiful repaired

Luke 15: 22-24 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. (Read the entire story of the prodigal son here.)

In another beautiful story of renewal, we encounter the prodigal son. Here, Jesus tells the story of a father and son who are reunited after a long separation. And not just any separation, but the sort that had the potential to destroy their relationship. 

However, in a symbol of the work that Jesus came to do, we see the Father race out to embrace his son, rather than rejecting him. Not only is the son welcomed home, but the Father throws a party for him! Similarly, the renewing work that Jesus does is not just to fix things that were broken, but to celebrate and glorify the completion of that work - to make the repaired thing even more beautiful than it was when it used to be whole!

What might you celebrate with him today as you reflect on the renewal of all things in your life and in the lives of those you love?