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GRATEFUL GIRL'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
We all know the story of the prodigal son, right?
The good-for-nothing, party animal, loafer youngest son of the rich man who squanders away his inheritance on lots of bad stuff; only to end up crawling back to his Dad for help in the end, remember him? His Pop forgives me but his bitter older bro, not so much. The latter gets ticked that spoiled little Casanova lands on his feet after all his misdeeds even though he himself has been loyal, hard-working and a straight arrow his whole life.
Who's the real antagonist? The reformed bad boy or the "good" son? Hmm.
Odd how that centuries-old parable is relevant to life today isn't it? Sometimes, we're the moron making bad choices. Sometimes we're the "righteous" one, ticked at the good fortune of others and wondering when our day will come. Seems like we're all a little white hat ... or a little black hat, no?
I think we can all agree that Dad a/k/a, the giver and forgiver is the hero of the story. And that's really the key for pretty much everything we face: Be there. Be kind. Give. Forgive.
If you misstep, own it; be sorry then straighten up and fly right. If you work hard and feel under appreciated, keep doing it... because the good stuff is yet to happen for you if you're just patient. And, even when the people you love let you down, don't give up hope. The sun's going to shine tomorrow...
And for heaven's sake, be nicer to your Dad; sheesh!
PS 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12 R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful. Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all my being, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul,and forget not all his benefits. He pardons all your iniquities, he heals all your ills. He redeems your life from destruction, he crowns you with kindness and compassion.He will not always chide, nor does he keep his wrath forever. Not according to our sins does he deal with us, nor does he requite us according to our crimes. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he put our transgressions from us.