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The Love of the Father (11 of 11)
Series: Parables Series: Surprising Lessons on the God-Life
Introduction: Just to show that there are people in this world who have too much time on their hands, I want to read a paraphrase of our text that I came across this week. It is entitled The Parable of the Prodigal in the Key of F:
"Feeling footloose and frisky, a featherbrained fellow forced his fond father to fork over his farthings. He flew far to foreign fields and frittered his fortune, feasting fabulously with faithless friends. Finally facing famine and fleeced by his fellows-in-folly, he found himself a feed flinger in a filthy farmyard. Fairly famished, he fain would have filled his frame with foraged food from the fodder fragments.
"Fooey, my father's flunkies fare far fancier," the frazzled fugitive fumed feverishly, frankly facing facts. Frustrated by failure and filled with foreboding, he fled forthwith to his family. Falling at his father's feet, he floundered forlornly, "Father, I have flunked and fruitlessly forfeited family favor." But the faithful father, forestalling further flinching, frantically flagged the flunkies to fetch forth the finest fatling and fix a feast.
The fugitive's fraternal faultfinder frowned on the fickle forgiveness of former folderol. His fury flashed, but fussing was futile. The farsighted father figured, "Such filial fidelity is fine, but what forbids fervent festivity for the fugitive is found. Unfurl the flags with flaring, let fun and frolic freely flow. Former failure is forgotten, folly forsaken. Forgiveness frees the future forever!"
In whatever key it is written, this is a story about a father's love. Can there be any missing that point? The story is not so much about a young son going through a rebellious streak or a hard headed, demanding older son complaining to his father. Both are part of the story. But both are a part of the story to provide the contrast that makes th ...
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