Through the last eight years I’ve found, that I’ve revisited this parable. It means so much to me.
I can see myself in each of the characters. Firstly the sone who stayed, for many years I asked the question “why me?” It ate at my very being, I was resentful and feeling abandoned. I felt that I was the only one, I’ve worked hard and found I had nothing to show.
As time has progressed, I identified with the second son, the one who thought the grass was greener. Having faced my lowest times and come through. I still feel at times I’m not worthy. I haven’t been the best brother, son and friend. The support I’ve had has always been the best.
Now I come to the father, this is more difficult, but I’ve had to forgive myself for blaming myself. I have accepted what has happened and yes it has affected me but I have a feeling of belonging.