When the shepherd finds his lost sheep, he just picks it up in his arms. When the woman finds her lost coin, she simply picks it up and holds it in her hand. But a lost person, is different. When a person is lost, the person must choose to receive God’s forgiving love.
Just like the prodigal we have to “come to ourselves”. What does that mean? It means to recognize that it is better to be with God than to be without God.
There is only one thing that can fill the God sized hole in our hearts, it’s God’s only Son, Jesus.