This is by far one of my most favorite paintings of all time. After reading Henri Nouwen’s, “The Return of the Prodigal Son,” (i highly, highly recommend this book, by the way) two and a half years ago, this story and this painting have continually stood poignant in the back of my mind. It is such a reminder of God’s unconditional love – if only we would allow ourselves to be loved, and to see ourselves as God sees us. No matter what!
One of my classmates had this painting printed out on the front cover of his binder. We then shared with each other why it’s such a good one – for him, he works with people struggling with addiction and it helps him and his clients in his ministry. For me, it is another reminder of our humanity, but the refuge and forgiveness that we may always find in the mercy of our Father.
One of my greatest mentors reminded me that it may certainly be a life’s journey to accept ourselves – our failings, our weaknesses, our mistakes we have done in the past. But, perhaps this painting can provide us with some daily dose of real, unconditional love, that we may so often forget about.