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11 March

This Lent, like the prodigal son, let’s return to God.

“But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and is found.”

Luke 15:32

The story of the prodigal son is one of the best-known bible stories. The younger brother leaves his family to go to a distant country and wastes every penny his father has given him. The country soon experiences famine. Hungry and penniless, reduced to envying the pigs he feeds and missing home, the son “came to himself” and begins the journey back to his father to seek forgiveness.

And he is met with the embrace of God’s merciful, compassionate love.

This Lent, like the prodigal son, let’s return to God, and allow our gratitude for his mercy to turn our hearts outwards to our neighbours and the whole of creation.

Lent prayer

Merciful God,
as I receive your forgiveness
with joy and gratitude,
may I share your compassion
with all people
and all creation.


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