Memoir: The journey home

I love the biblical story of the Prodigal son. This story, in my opinion, has so many valuable lessons, and almost anyone can relate to it in some way. In my case, I would say that this story shows that no matter how far one is away from home, no matter how far out of reality or safety they may be, they can always come home.
What is home? To some, it is that little farm house in the country that mom and dad have lived in since they were born. Others may have a home with a Grandparent or other family members. The term “home” can have a variety of meanings. Home could be a place of safety in one’s life or a return to normalcy.  Home could simply be the place where someone’s loving arms hold you and make all things seem right.
I was once lost in my life. In fact, I have been lost a couple of times really bad, and I am surprised I ever came back home. I have been in situations where I wasn`t quite sure if I had a home or where home really was; this was one of the most frightening times in my life. In my youth I had strayed so far from home that I should have died, I should never have made it back, but I did. I remember the day I realized it was over and I was really home, I was so at peace and at one with the world. Somehow, I forgot those memories and found myself lost once again.
Have you ever been in a situation that you had once been in before, and it was so bad that you swore you would never return only to find yourself there once again? All I could do when I found myself lost again was to think about WHY? Why did I do this again? Why didn`t I learn my lesson? I remember thinking how much I wish I could turn back the clock as if the situation I was in had never happened. I was so angry with myself, and I could think of nothing else at the time but my regret. Finally, I was able to turn my thoughts toward the hope of home and begin to make my way back.
Some of us never make it back home. This is why the father in the “prodigal son” story celebrated and killed the fatted calf when his lost son returned. The other son who had lived in an obedient manner was angry and jealous of his father’s joy for the lost son. The father knew how blessed he was to see his son return home. He was aware that other fathers may never again see their sons return to them, and he was filled with compassion and joy. The prodigal son realized how blessed he had been in his home; he realized that in his folly, in his youth, with a lack of wisdom from his father, he had made a horrible mistake when he left his home. The prodigal son was one of the lucky ones who had a second chance to go home; he was blessed have a home to return too.
Where is your home? Are you far away from home? What do you consider to be your home? Maybe home for you is just getting your life back on track. Maybe going home means that you need to get back to where you know you are safe, and you know you are on the right path. Maybe home is down that old country road at the farm house; maybe you need to return and give your family a hug and kiss. If you have a home or if you have been blessed to return home, be grateful that God saw fit to bless you. If you have no home at all then find one; there are those who need a family or a partner in life, and you may find them and in finding them you have found a home. Now…turn your back on your folly and go home.

S.W. Biddulph

Scott Biddulph is a published writer, author, and poet from North Georgia. He began writing as a youngster and followed his lifelong dream of reaching people through the written word when he returned to The University of North Georgia in 2013 to finish earning his BA/English with a concentration on publication and creative writing. His publications include the following: an eBook, Apples of Gold: A collection of inspirational short stories and poems (Smashwords, 2010) and a paperback, Voices from the Heart, (Createspace, 2012). His poetry is published in Papers and Publications Undergraduate Research Journal. Vol 3 (2014) and the award-winning Chestatee Review (Spring, 2015), among other places (Check his LinkedIn profile for a full list of his publications). He is currently working on publishing poetry, creative non-fiction, academic essays, and his memoir. ******** Scott has also worked as an intern editor for the University of North Georgia Press. As a freelance editor, he has done the layout and design of several books and magazines. He is currently working with several authors on various publication projects in which he is either ghostwriting, editing manuscripts, or doing the layout and design of their books. ******** Finally, and most importantly, he is a father, grandfather, husband, and dedicated Harley Davidson rider. He and his family enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains where they live—especially their screened in back porch where they love to bird watch. ******** ~ "I love realism. I love writing about the raw, down-to-Earth, heartfelt realities of life. I love to write in a way that reaches into the human soul—to take the greatest pains and struggles in life, and make them a blessing to others. Fantasy is a wonderful, interesting thing—but real-life situations, feelings, fears, and dreams are an unexplored ocean of stories that need to be told." ~ ~Scott Biddulph~

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