August 14-Brothers

August 14-Brothers

August 14: Brothers

Scripture Lesson: Luke 15:25-32

Today is the birthday of Paul “Daffy” Dean, a pitcher for the “Gas House Gang” Cardinals of the 1930’s. He is the brother of Jerome Hanna “Dizzy” Dean, also a pitcher for the Cardinals and the Cubs. Paul was a great pitcher for the Cardinals in 1934-35, but after hurting his arm in 1936, he was never the same again. Quiet and reserved, unlike his loud and boisterous brother, Paul retired back to Arkansas where he lived on his farm until he died of a heart attack on March 17, 1981. There was no better one-two punch in baseball in 1934-35 than Dizzy and Daffy Dean.

Today’s Scripture lesson is also about two brothers. After the prodigal son returned home, his older brother – who had remained home carrying out his father’s wishes – became angry at the younger brother. He did not think it was fair for the younger brother who had wasted his inheritance to be welcomed back with a big party. The father was quick to point out that it was a cause for celebration because the lost son was now found and back where he belonged with the family. It must have been very difficult for the older brother to forgive his younger brother and to accept him back into the family.

  1. Would you have reacted differently than the older brother? Why or why not?

  2. Why is it sometimes hard for us to forgive?

  3. How much joy have we missed by being unforgiving?

When we neglect to forgive and forget we only hurt ourselves!

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