Can you imagine how hard it was for the Prodigal Son to “come to himself” out there with the pigs and realize that he needed to start the long, painful journey home to his Father? The shame, embarrassment, humiliation, and arduous nature of the journey faced him, but he did turn around the head for home.
Advent is not just a time when we wait for God to send us his Son, but also a time when we need to turn from whatever has distracted us from his love and truth and head back to the starting place. Perhaps with T. S. Eliot, we will …” not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” The sermon explores the true meaning of repentance.
This sermon was given on Sunday, December 8, 2019.