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The Shared Agony of Estrangement

June 20, 2011

In Genesis 3, the relationship between God and human beings is broken. God calls out poignantly, “Where are you?” as Adam and Eve are hiding from God’s Presence. The greatest pain is said to be that of losing a child. And it is a particular kind of agony to lose a child because that child has run away.

There’s a Spanish story of a father and son who had become estranged. The son ran away, and the father set off to find him. He searched for months to no avail. Finally, in a last desperate effort to find him, the father put an ad in a Madrid newspaper. The ad read: “Dear Paco, meet me in front of this newspaper office at noon on Saturday. All is forgiven. I love you. Your Father.” On Saturday 800 Pacos showed up, looking for forgiveness and love from their fathers.

(From June 19 Sermon)

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