Day 201- A Better Choice
On: May 20, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ Luke 15:25-30

You can sort of see, here,  where the older brother is coming from. He’s been plodding along doing “the right thing”. His younger brother, meantime, has deserted the family business, thrown away hard earned cash in a hedonistic binge, hits the buffers, crawls back home in rags and desperation … and is given a hero’s welcome. Foul, ref!

I did something not so completely different. My five year’s older brother, although he left home to go to boarding school, stayed firmly on the rails of faith through his teenage years and on into adulthood. Younger brother, me, stayed at home but, as soon as I was able to – at one minute past midnight on my 13th birthday! – I turned my back on all things church and did the usual stuff with booze, loutishness, swearing and so on (if not that successfully with girls!).

Meantime, big brother was praying hard for his younger brother and when, a decade later,  we found ourselves in the same town, London, he was on my case, keeping in touch, inviting me over for Sunday tea, gently feeding in gospel possibilities. His steadfast care and prayer, I have absolutely no doubt, were central to me coming back to Jesus when I was 24. Thank you, Michael – as you look down from Heaven: I owe you my life.

The older brother in Jesus’ parable could have taken a leaf out of my brother’s book. There are always two ways to look at things. That you are reading this, bears testimony to the fact that Michael made the better choice.


Father God, thank you for my brother’s love and faithfulness. Thank you that it was You who was reaching out through him. And that, all those years ago, you welcomed me home with your arms of love. Amen.

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