The story told of wayward son
To me, concerns the other one:
The righteous boy who felt ignored
When father welcomed rogue as lord.
With bitter heart, heir stayed apart;
Would not forgive or fete the upstart;
Complained of favors brother gained
Without his work, without his pains.
The son who stayed, who never played,
Was one who must have never prayed;
He never felt like family.
He never understood the pain
In brother’s fall or toil or stain;
He never knew the father’s joy
To see returning, his lost boy.
first published in Penned From The Heart Devotional
©2001 Bonnie Manion