S07 Episode 11: The Return of the Prodigal Son Book Study Part 6 - Epilogue: Living the Painting


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Epilogue: Living the Painting

In this episode we finish up our 6 part series on the book The Return of the Prodigal Son and talk about “Living the Painting”. We talk about how much of our healing happens in the context of community and relationship. We also discuss the process of bringing home parts of ourselves that live far away from God. Each of us have places that need to be welcomed home and as we heal, we are able to offer a home coming to the lost places in others.

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Discussion questions:

  1. What struck you from the podcast?
  2. What places do you feel uncertain and need the reassurance of God the Father?
  3. Can you relate to the experience of having parts of you that you don’t “welcome home”? How can you begin to care for those parts of you?
  4. What is a “sophisticated defense” you may need to leave behind?
  5. What titles are you called to live further into (sister, mother, wife, daughter etc)? What does growth in those areas look like?

Journal Questions:

  1. Reflect and journal about this scripture: Luke 15:11-32. What does it speak to you personally this last time?
  2. How vulnerable are you allowing yourself to be in relationships? Are you opening up to the point that the ugliness can come out, and you can begin to receive healing within the safety of a community?
  3. Where are you unwelcoming to yourself? Ask Christ to reveal to you how He sees you. What does he say?
  4. What younger part of yourself is lost and needs to be welcomed home?

Quote to Ponder - “Everything in me yearned to be received in the way the prodigal son was received. That encounter turned out to be the beginning of my own return.” - Henri Nouwen

Scripture for Lectio Divina - Luke 15:11-32 - The Parable of the Prodigal Son

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