Ernest Hemingway told the story of a Spanish father and his teenage son, whose relationship got so strained, the boy ran away from home. His father then began a journey – the search for his runaway son. Finally in Madrid, in a last desperate effort to find him, the father placed an ad in the newspaper. It simply read: "Dear Paco, Meet me in front of the newspaper office at noon. All is forgiven. I love you. Your father."

When the father arrived the next day he saw a staggering sight: hundreds of sons named Paco stood there in front of the newspaper office – all wanting forgiveness and all hungering for the love of their father.

We pardon to the degree that we love. And so does our Father. (Luke 15)