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Kill The Calf

And so the father has a decision to make. Will he turn the boy away at the gate, cursing him for the shame he’s brought on the family name and the waste of resources on worthless pleasures? Will he forgive his repentant son and take him take back into the family - along with the mockery from neighbours and colleagues? Or will he simply take him back as a hired hand and require him to earn his way back into the family through hard work?

This story was first told by Jesus as a parable describing humanity. All of us, like the foolish son, have strayed from God to some extent. But just like the father in the story, God is always ready to forgive us when we acknowledge our mistakes. When Jesus, God’s representative on earth died a shameful death as a criminal, the shame that should have fallen on us fell instead on him. God will welcome us back into his heavenly family and forget the past, no matter what. All we need do is start walking down the road towards our Heavenly Father and let him welcome us home.
some words...
Up in the hills there's a meeting of souls
There's a kiss, there are tears
A father rejoicing, a son in his arms
What was lost has been found

But the son speaks his mind as he stares at the dirt
Through tears of remorse and regret
I've sinned against God I've sinned against you
I'm no longer worthy of this

Up in the hills there's a meeting of souls
There's a kiss, there are tears
A father rejoicing, a son in his arms
What was lost has been found

With silence and stillness the father replies
A sadness departs from his eyes
Can I forget you're my own flesh and blood?
Forgiveness is mine, welcome home

Up in the hills there's a meeting of souls
There's a kiss, there are tears
A father rejoicing, a son in his arms
What was lost has been found

Twilight is fading, a household awaits
Will they taunt, will they cheer?
‘Bring me a ring for his finger,
Kill the calf, for a party a-waits

Down on the plains there's a meeting of souls
There's a kiss, there are tears
A father rejoicing, a son in his arms
What was lost has been found
What had died is alive
What was lost long ago has been found
...and their inspiration
Luke 15:20b-24

And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.

His son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.

But his father said to the servants, 'Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.'
 
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