Parable Rewrite

4 10 2009

Had higher hopes for this… think it turned out quite lame.

There was a man who had two sons.  The younger of them said to his father, “Father, give me the share of the property that belongs to me.”  So the father, though quite poor, divided the property between them.  A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to work in his fields.  After several years of working for this man, the son was able to buy his own fields.  Some time later a severe famine took place throughout that country and in his own country, and the people began to be in need.  Now the son had wisely managed his fields and had great excess, so the people came to him to meet their needs.  Dealing fairly and honestly with the people, the son became quite wealthy and was well loved.

Despite his great wealth and reputation among the people of that distant country, the son experienced an ever-growing sense of emptiness.  So he set off and went to his father.  While he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him.  Then the son said to him, “Father, I have been gone these many years and have grown wealthy and powerful, yet that land is not my land, and the people are not my people.  I have deserted you and my family; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.”  But the father quickly called out to his wife, “Get our sole calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!”  And they began to celebrate.

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