Come Home!

On September 11, 2016, in Sunshine Cathedral, by Rev.Dr. Robert

Come Home! Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins Do you remember an old hymn, if not from church then perhaps from the film Sordid Lives: “Coming home, coming home, never more to roam; open wide thine arms of love, Lord I’m coming home.” The gospel today tells us about a Prodigal Child who lost his way for […]

Come Home!
Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins

Do you remember an old hymn, if not from church then perhaps from the film Sordid Lives:
“Coming home, coming home, never more to roam; open wide thine arms of love, Lord I’m coming home.”

The gospel today tells us about a Prodigal Child who lost his way for a bit, but who chose to come home.
He gets his inheritance early, and squanders it.
But nothing can separate him from the love of his family. Even when he thought he had behaved so badly his best hope was to be hired as a farm hand, and even that he thought would have been a mercy, in truth, he never did nor never could wander away from his parents’ love. Their love is unconditional and everlasting.

The son is lost…not from God, of course, but he has lost his sense of belonging to something more than himself, he has lost his awareness that he has sacred value, he has lost his trust that there is a universal Love that will never let him go.

He isn’t punished for his mistakes, though he has certainly experienced the natural consequences of poor choices. He isn’t bad. He’s just temporarily separated from the knowledge that he is God’s miracle and not God’s mistake.

He has squandered not just his money, but his birthright of knowing that he matters just because he exists.
He has traded the joy of knowing his sacred value for some quick thrills and trinkets.
He has thrown out the awareness that he is part and parcel of God.
He has lost the valuable understanding that he is part of the creation that God calls very good.

But guess what? His Parents never give up. Giving up on their child is just not an option.
He will not be abandoned, and even if he feels lost, even if he forgets his way for minute, even if he hits a real rough patch in life, he cannot be separated from the power of Love. Divine Love will not let him go.

Some of us have felt like we lost our way at one time or another.
Maybe we squandered our self-esteem, our dignity, our hope, our resilience, but we cannot, ever, be separated from God’s love.
And if we think we’ve lost those precious gifts of our divine inheritance, we can be reminded today that God wants to replace them. God wants to give us all that we thought we let slip away.
God’s grace is limitless, so there is no limit to the goodness God can bestow upon us. As Emma Curtis Hopkins so rightly said, “There is good for me and I ought to have it!”
God is saying to each of us, “there is good for you, and you ought to have it.”

Do you know what the word prodigal means? It means to spend lavishly, wastefully, extravagantly.
We call the son a prodigal, but we could also call the Parents, who represent God, prodigals.

The parents give the son his inheritance, and when he blows it they restore him. They prop him up. They give him another chance.
All that they have is for all of their children, even those who screw up.
They want to give as much as they can to each and every child.

Have you ever needed the soul liberating love that gives totally without condition?
Well, good news: that’s what the love of God is, and it’s yours, right now.

God is extravagant.
God’s love is immeasurable.
God gives grace abundantly, lavishly, wastefully.
Ours is a prodigal God!

If you are joining us by Internet in Russia, Uganda, Malaysia, Jamaica, Nigeria, Tennessee, Oklahoma, or Utah…God loves you for who you are and you are forever held safe in the heart of God. God will never let you go.

For those on line and those in the room, I want to give you an invitation today.
I want to invite you to come home to daily communion with Spirit, to a knowing that you are forever connected with your divine Source, to the joyous realization that divine Love permeates your life.

If you’ve forgotten that you are loved, lovable, and precious to God, then come home to the remembrance that you are God’s miracle and not God’s mistake!

If you’ve been away from spiritual community and want a spiritual home that will celebrate you for who you are, you have found it today at Sunshine Cathedral: welcome home!

There’s another old hymn that’s been on my mind this week as I’ve prepared this message. I want you to sing it with me if you know it. It’s basically the gospel lesson put to music:

Softly & tenderly, Spirit is calling
Calling for you & for me.
See, on the portals, God’s waiting & watching,
Watching for you & for me.

Come home, come home, ye who are weary come home.
Earnestly, tenderly, Spirit is calling, calling ‘Oh dear one, come home!’

Why should we tarry when angels are singing,
singing for you & for me?
Why should we linger & take not the blessings,
Blessings for you & for me.

Come home, come home, ye who are weary come home.
Earnestly, tenderly, Spirit is calling, calling ‘Oh dear one, come home!’

Amen.
© Durrell Watkins 2016

Dear God,
I am forever at home in you.
Thank you, God.
Amen.

Looking for something?

Use the form below to search the site:

Still not finding what you're looking for? Drop a comment on a post or contact us so we can
take care of it!

Visit our friends!

A few highly recommended friends...