“Welcome home” is the greeting of one that has returned after a departure. It is uttered by the one that has remained in the place called “home” and eagerly waiting.
Luke 15tells the story of the prodigal son, “17 But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants."’”
- The Father's eyes were merciful: no matter what He had seen, He wanted to have mercy.
- The Father's heart was merciful: He wanted to reach out in compassion to the sinning son.
- The Father's feet were merciful: He wanted to run and meet and escort the sinner home.
- The Father's arms were merciful: He wanted to embrace the prodigal son and weep with him.
- The Father's lips were merciful: He wanted to welcome the prodigal son home with all he had.
This is the story of being Welcomed Home! Have you strayed from home? Our heavenly father stands waiting for you and longingly desires to tell you, “Welcome home.”