“For my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.” Luke 15:24
That sentence should take our breath away. We’ve all been there. We’ve given something up for lost, searched for hours, days, to no avail, only to find it later. That is what the father felt, but he felt something more than that, much more intense, as this was a person, not a thing. It was his son. Imagine his joy!