Original Posting At http://sandpipersthoughts.blogspot.com/2018/07/grace-greater.html
Think about the prodigal son. Think about his conversation with himself as he contemplates returning home. This is from Matthew 15, verses 17-19:
But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.”
Nouwen, in his book, writes that the son comes back, not claiming the dignity of the son, but hoping to be accepted as a servant. As we look at the story, knowing how the son left, then we might say that he doesn’t even deserve that much consideration. And yet the son dares to hope that he might receive at least the role of a servant in his father’s home.
The son plans his return by practicing his speech. He has no expectation of grace. And we do that. Nouwen writes:
“…I still live as though the God to whom I am returning demands an explanation. I still think about his love as conditional and about home as a place I am not yet fully sure of. While walking home, I keep entertaining doubts about whether I will be truly welcome when I get there.
We never (or rarely) accept that grace is always — always — greater.