18 I will get up and go to my father, and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19  I no longer deserve to be called your son. Take me on as one of your hired hands.” ’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion. His father ran to him, hugged him, and kissed him.  – Luke 15: 18-20

It’s the story of the Prodigal Son as told by Jesus.  One of the most popular scriptures throughout the world.  Why?  Because we all mess up.  We can all identify with the Prodigal Son.  We wonder to ourselves, are we beyond God’s reach?

The answer is no.  God won’t force us to stay, but the Lord will always welcome us home, no matter how atrocious our thoughts, words, or deeds have been.

One thing I’ve learned from experience, when you feel you don’t deserve love is when you need it the most, and the moment when love comes bearing grace and forgiveness is when love is most powerful.

Maybe you’re the one who needs the simple reminder today, that I need every day.  You are never beyond God’s love, mercy, and grace.  God has always loved you and always will.  Even when, especially when, you don’t deserve it.

Prayer:  Lord, how can you still love me?  I don’t know how, but I know that you do.  I guess that’s why it’s called grace.  Thank you for loving me when I needed it most.  Amen.