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The Elder Son–Chapter 16

By E. Williams

This book began on June 24.  You may want to go there to start your reading.

I sat looking at my hands but Ron continued with his story.  “The father was always watching for his son.  He saw him when he first came in sight, and he was overjoyed.  He ran to his son and hugged and kissed him.

“The son said, ‘Father, I have sinned against God and against you and I’m not worthy to be called your son.’

“‘Bring him the best robe, a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet,'” the father said.  ‘Kill the fatted calf and let’s have a great feast. Let’s eat and be merry.'”

“That’s the story of the prodigal son,” I said.  “I’ve known that since kindergarten. I told you I know God forgives sinners.”

“But there’s more to the story, Nina.  That was the part about the younger son.  How about the elder son?

“He knew he’d been good.  He’d worked hard to please his father, and he’d obeyed his every command.  He was angry now.  ‘You never gave me a party,’ he said. ‘You never killed the fatted calf for me.  Why are you doing it for your other son, who been such a sinner?’ 

“His father answered, ‘Son, you’re always with me and everything I have is yours.  It’s right for us to have a party for your brother, because he was lost and now he’s found.'”

“Do you think it was wrong for the elder son to be good and try to please his father, Ron?” I asked. “I thought that was what everyone was supposed to do.”

“Of course, it wasn’t wrong.  Good works are never wrong.  But the way he acted toward his brother makes me think he might have been proud and jealous of his position.  He didn’t want to share his father’s love.”

“Are you saying that I’m mean and jealous like the elder son?”

Ron looked at me and sighed, just the way Mary Beth’s mother had done.  Why did everyone think I was wrong?  It would be the same old story.  They’d all greet Janet with open arms, and I’d be the one who’d be left out, with no one caring how I felt.

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