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I will leave this place and go to my father and say: “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired men.” So he left the place and went back to his father.
While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity. He ran to the boy, clasped him in his arms and kissed him.
Luke 15:18-20

“It strikes me that the wayward son had rather selfish motivations. He didn’t return home because of a renewed love for his father. No, he returned simply to survive. . . . I am moved by the fact that the father didn’t require any higher motivation. . . . This is a very encouraging thought. God does not require a pure heart before embracing us. . . . Even if we return because being a Christian brings us more peace than being a pagan, God will receive us. . . . . God’s love does not require any explanations as to why we are returning. God is glad to see us home and wants to give us all we desire, just for being home.

Our Prayer

O Lord, my Lord,
help me listen to your voice
and decide for your mercy.

to read the rest of this devotional see Show Me the Way: Daily Lenten Readings by Henri Nouwen

Dr. John Thomas Biggers (1924-2001) was an African American muralist who came to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance . Biggers was born in Gastonia, North Carolina and attended the Lincoln Academy, the Hampton Institute, and Pennsylvania State University from which he was granted a doctorate in 1954. Many of his works can be found on the campus of Hampton University (formerly Institute), primarily in the campus library. (see more)

(See more about Biggers here.)

Two of Biggers murals, “Origins” and “Ascension” are located at the Diggs Gallery on the campus of Winston-Salem State University.

Origins (1990-92)


Ascension (1990-92)

See other works here.

February 2008