Prodigal Fathers & Lost Sons – By Thomas Koester

“Rise and rise again until lambs become lions.”

Did you know that the prime role of a father is to create within their sons the ability to father?

If we are to become a good and healthy culture, we will make a society of self-governing men and responsible sons to become faithful fathers. But alas, most fathers are emotionally detached from their sons or leave them altogether. We are living in a time of prodigal fathers and detached sons, whereby the sons and fathers are both lost.

While growing up, I lived through this as a detached and lost son, and tragically, later in my life, I also became a prodigal father, emotionally detached from my children. When I became a father, it was difficult for me to become bonded attached to my sons and daughter. I abandoned my children’s need for a present father for the sake of fame and fortune, just as my father had done. I put my career above my children’s needs at a time in their lives when they needed me the most.

Before my father died, God put it in my heart to wrestle for his blessing. I desperately needed a miracle to happen.

Just four days before my father passed, we turned our hearts towards each other. His “I love you too, son” responses to my, I love you, dad, brought me back to life as a man and fulfilled my quest to become my father’s beloved son. It was as though I had placed my heart into my father’s and found it to fit perfectly.

More importantly, on the night of October 7, 1998, my father, in turning his heart towards me, made it possible for me to believe that I am also God’s beloved son. And frankly, this began a chain reaction, whereby in a few short years, I became the man I was destined to become and finally the father my children had longed for. It also profoundly changed me into the husband my wife, Toni, had prayed for.

This unique encounter with my dad changed the trajectory of my life and would eventually change the lives and the course of my children. A prodigal father turned his heart towards his son, and a lost son was found. God’s amazing grace healed not only a lost prodigal father but also a lost and broken son.

There is hope for lost fathers and lost sons.

See the movie “Warrior” With Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, and Jennifer Morrison. The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home. At one point in the film, the father, tormented by guilt and an inability to reach his sons, cries out:

“We’re so lost… …SO LOST!”

What they need is redemption and forgiveness. This is just what most of us need also. Watch the movie to find out whether they had succeeded.

In the latest of the Robin Hood movies, starring Russel Crowe, Robin, being the lost son of a forgotten father, rediscovers his past in the same town he was born. He recalls his painful memory of his father’s stand against tyranny. While he and his band of men are visiting his hometown, Robin removes a stone at the monument located at the town square, where he finds the imprint of his little hand next to his father’s. He places his now fully grown hand into his father’s imprint and discovers it’s a perfect match.

He also finds the same inscription on the underside of the stone he removed, which bears the same engraving on the handle of a sword he had earlier recovered. It says:

“Rise and rise again until lambs become lions.”

And it means never give up until the impossible happens.

Boys and men, never give up until the impossible happens! Seek out your lost fathers; fathers seek out your lost sons; seek them with everything you’ve got! Forgive them, love them, and change both your lives and destinies.

Keep rising until the impossible happens!

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