From “The Return of the Prodigal Son” by Henri Nouwen (6)

Although claiming my true identity as a child of God, 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. (Pg. 52.1)

Receiving forgiveness requires a total willingness to let God be God and do all of the healing, restoring, and renewing. As long as I want to do even part of that myself, I end up with partial solutions, such as becoming a hired servant. (Pg. 53.1)

And as I reach home and feel the embrace of my Father, I will realize that not only will heaven be mine to claim, but that the earth as well will become my inheritance, a place where I can live in freedom without obsessions and compulsions. (Pg. 54.1)