There have been a number of opinions as to the message of this story - everything from a parent/child relationship to some kind of sadomasochistic relationship. I remember hearing author Brennan Manning, who had a friendship with Silverstein, mention that he equated it with the unconditional love of God. I find that to be a powerful way of reading it.
I've been thinking about how generous I am with the things God has gifted to me. Most of us tend to focus on our limited resources and cautiously share from a scarcity viewpoint. But there is something that all of us possess in an unlimited supply: the love and hope that comes from God! Am I being overly cautious and stingy in sharing this abundant gift with others?
I hope you'll join us this coming Sunday, September 29th, as we continue our series on Reckless Faith by focusing on "Reckless Sowing". If you'd like to get a head start on the topic, you can read Luke 8:4-15.