Today I am releasing a Christmas short story called “A Prodigal Christmas” which is available for a nominal fee on Amazon.com.
“A Prodigal Christmas” is the story is about Austin Shelton who is a successful sports writer for the Atlanta News Press. His father is the Reverend Bobby Joe Shelton who is a TV minister. They haven’t spoken since his mother’s passing. Austin receives a letter from his father which seems to end all hope at any reconciliation. Just when Austin gives up hope, he finds an old family Christmas portrait. Is it possible that this portrait could be the key which unlocks a Christmas miracle?
As I watch the Hallmark Christmas movies, my wife said that I should write a Christmas story. Unfortunately, you can’t always just sit down and write a story without some good inspiration behind it. They say that writers should write what they know. I know this story and the emotions that are the foundation of the story. The inspiration for this story came upon me one night last week and I could not sleep until I had written it. So at somewhere around 2 a.m. one morning, I typed this entire story out on my iPhone then tweaked it over the next couple of days.
During the holidays much is said about being with family and enjoying the holidays with those that we love. For some, relationships aren’t so good. Words are said, deeds are done and decisions are made which strain the relationships we have. In this story of an estranged father-son relationship, it depicts both sides of the strife that often occurs. While it’s quite cliché to say to each one to “forgive and forget” the act of making the effort becomes the obstacle that neither side can overcome.
A “prodigal” is a characterization of someone who is reckless or wasteful with something. In the Biblical account of the Prodigal Son, a father has two sons. The younger son asks for his inheritance and after wasting his fortune, becomes destitute. He returns home with the intention of begging his father to be made one of his hired servants, expecting his relationship with his father is likely severed.
When we are wasteful with the years of a relationship, there is a void in our souls. Nothing can fill it except a reconciliation of the severed relationship. In spite of all our reasons for it whether our reasons are legitimate or not, nothing can cure it like forgetting the past which has passed and birthing a new relationship.
It is my hope that this story will give people the nudge they need to reconcile with a family member or friend at the most magical time of the year.
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