As you are gearing up for the thanksgiving festivities—I thought this video might help to put your heart in the spirit of “thankfulness!”
This video shows the emotional reunion of a Syrian father and his five year old son who he believed had been killed in a recent chemical weapons attack.
The weeping men in the beginning of the video are brothers, uncles and friends of the father and boy. The father and son reunion happens at marker 1:19!
It’s probably not a surprise to you, but when I watch this video I am reminded about the fathers reaction to the return of his lost son in Jesus parable of the prodigal son—Luke 15.
20-21 “When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him.
Often times when I read this passage the emotion of the father is lost in the drama of the son’s return and is perceived as reticent, reserved and dignified—he is the father after-all.
I wonder if the reunion that Jesus had in mind for this story was more in line with the video than with how we think a dignified father would react? And, if that’s true—how does God react to us when we turn from self toward Jesus and the Kingdom of God?
If you are curious—the men around them are yelling (in Arabic), “Allahu akbar” (God is great!).
So, as you gather with family this thanksgiving—think about ditching the reserved and dignified welcome and really make sure your family knows how thankful you are to be with them!
Also, if you want to read more about cultivating a spirit of thankfulness—I highly recommend Anne Lamott’s book on the three essential prayers—Help, Thanks, Wow! (affiliate link)
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