When The Bottom Falls Out of Your Life

Luke 15:11-24
Parable of the Lost Son
11 To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. 12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.

13 “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. 14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. 16 The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.

17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’

20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.[a]’

22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.

Psalm 103:1-4
A psalm of David.
1
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
2
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.
3
He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
4
He redeems me from death
and crowns me with love and tender mercies.

Psalm 145:1-21
A psalm of praise of David.
1
I will exalt you, my God and King,
and praise your name forever and ever.
2
I will praise you every day;
yes, I will praise you forever.
3
Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
No one can measure his greatness.
4
Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts;
let them proclaim your power.
5
I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor
and your wonderful miracles.
6
Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue;
I will proclaim your greatness.
7
Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness;
they will sing with joy about your righteousness.
8
The Lord is merciful and compassionate,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
9
The Lord is good to everyone.
He showers compassion on all his creation.
10
All of your works will thank you, Lord,
and your faithful followers will praise you.
11
They will speak of the glory of your kingdom;
they will give examples of your power.
12
They will tell about your mighty deeds
and about the majesty and glory of your reign.
13
For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.
You rule throughout all generations.

The Lord always keeps his promises;
he is gracious in all he does.[b]
14
The Lord helps the fallen
and lifts those bent beneath their loads.
15
The eyes of all look to you in hope;
you give them their food as they need it.
16
When you open your hand,
you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.
17
The Lord is righteous in everything he does;
he is filled with kindness.
18
The Lord is close to all who call on him,
yes, to all who call on him in truth.
19
He grants the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cries for help and rescues them.
20
The Lord protects all those who love him,
but he destroys the wicked.
21
I will praise the Lord,
and may everyone on earth bless his holy name
forever and ever.

Palm 150:1-6
1
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heaven!
2
Praise him for his mighty works;
praise his unequaled greatness!
3
Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn;
praise him with the lyre and harp!
4
Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;
praise him with strings and flutes!
5
Praise him with a clash of cymbals;
praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
6
Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

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