This is a reblog from liliessparrowsandgrass -A website I just found through a link on Eric Alagans page honoring her with the Blog award of this year. You will find beautiful poetry and thought provoking meditations on scripture here.
Is love inconsistent with justice in our human interactions? At times we hear the words “tough love” uttered by parents who wish to instill in their children some important life lesson, and often there is a struggle in determining a clear set of determining principles as to how this process is to be carried out.
Jesus tells a story about a father and his two sons. One son was dutiful and stayed home to work for his father. The other was rebellious: he demanded his inheritance upfront, went to a far country, and spent all his resources on riotous living. When his money ran out, and he recognized the error of his ways, he repented and journeyed back home, hoping he would find work as one of his father’s servants.
But instead of giving a scathing rebuke for all that the wayward son had done, the father adorned…
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