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Your blessing, Father.

“Son, you are always with Me, and all that is Mine is yours.”

One of the most beautiful and forgotten lines in the Bible. Thank you for a fine piece of writing and an interesting ‘take’. Like others here I have always rather admired the elder son, it seems to me that he, ‘working the fields of heaven’ is what we should aspire to, not a constant coming to our senses although for most of us it is all we will ever achieve.

God forgives.

Give it a rest.

Truths are sometimes unpalatable and I understand the point you are making - albeit with a sledge hammer, indeed, everyone has been stripped naked here...

And yet you perpetuate the use of the term "teabagging" and maybe you don't know what that is...

If you do not know, then click here and learn:

Perhaps it is de rigueur these days to utilize terms/slang that mean one thing - usually disgusting - and apply them as pejoratives to a person or group that has nothing to do with the term being applied.

This is not the truth.

Forgive me for straying from your topic of the Elder Son -

But as I read I thought of this:

"...there are no loopholes for anybody who wants to be honest. On any given day any one of us will be confronted with at least one of the above-mentioned choices even in the most secure of the technical sciences. Either truth or falsehood: Toward spiritual independence or toward spiritual servitude."

~Live Not By Lies by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

I enjoy your blog and I know that you speak the truth of what you believe. Use of that term... well, please don't use it, unless, of course, you wholeheartedly agree with its use.

forgive me,
the handmaid leah

I love this piece of writing. I have always had a special affection for the older son, perhaps because I am an older son. This bit of writing expresses so many of the feelings I have felt whenever I have read or heard sermons on the Prodigal.

I all honesty, I don't find the prodigal all that sympathetic a character. It's the older brother who I find much more compelling. Then again, this probably reflects my own faults.

Thank you for this. Excellent.


Just read this parable last night, and the story of Jonah. It struck me powerfully that the Father never condemns the older brother, only gently corrects through leading questions that bring perspective and the reassuring affirmation and promise - "you are always with me, and all that I have is yours."

The same hesed shown to the prodigal is extended also to the older brother.

His Faithfulness never fails; and His mercies never come to an end.

That is indeed enough!

This is one of your finest pieces ever. I often think Elijah's Cave is more crowded than the Far Country.

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