Last Sunday we contemplated this famous Rembrandt painting, a depiction of the Prodigal Son. Like the younger son in the story, what is our view of home, and the refuge we come back to? Our imagination about the safety of home will determine if we believe we will be shamed when we response - no matter how big our mess-up was. Or whether we will be welcomed with grace and arms open wide like the Father in the parable, and in this painting. In a scandalous way - as Christ tells the story he is pointing the radical nature of forgiveness and inclusiveness in God's Kingdom. God's Love lavishes those on the "outs", and is ultimately restorative, not shrinking us or shaming us into hiding. God prepares the best seat at the table for God's children, and it is with that confidence we should continue to approach God.