"All that I have is thine"

The matchless parable of the prodigal son, recorded in the fifteenth chapter of Luke's Gospel and familiar to all Bible students, not only grows dearer with repeated perusal, but with every reading unfolds fresh beauty and added inspiration.

What a sublime panorama of true existence is disclosed to our clarified vision, and how the beliefs of material life and substance, of joy and happiness in earthly possessions, are then revealed as flickering shadows dwindling before our spiritual gaze until they fade into nothingness! How we sympathize with the wayward wanderer in his futile search for happiness in the world, for sustenance amid the husks of material living; how we rejoice in his awakening remembrance of and quickening regard for his father's love, and his purposeful journey toward his father's house! What a sacrifice of self enabled the prodigal to hold to the humiliating discipline which he had outlined for himself: to return to his father not as a son to be welcomed, sure of his place, but as a hired servitor, counting the tasks to which he might be assigned as a better portion than feeding swine among the husks!

"Prayer and fasting"
August 9, 1930

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