Some of us left home to find the "good life," only to discover our steps brought us to a land of heartache. We went off by ourselves to do what we wanted, and woke-up distanced from Love's warm embrace. We became unhappy people in unhappy circumstances, surprised by the sadness of isolation. Our decision to leave took us farther than we wanted to go, kept us longer than we wanted to stay and cost us more than we wanted to pay.
The distance we'd chosen wasn't all it was cracked-up to be, so we got up and went home, only to discover our eternal Father welcomes the solemn, sorrowful penitent.
The warm embrace of homecoming is a beautiful thing. Maybe that's why it's so difficult to see people "keeping their distance," as if they might be unwelcome... should they choose to return home.
Luke 15:24 - This is my son—I thought he was dead, and he’s alive again. I thought I had lost him, and he’s found!