Prodigal– a wayward son who squanders his rich inheritance ending up destitute, but returns home and finds his father forgives him. Luke 15:11-32
I don’t know that anything has stabbed my heart as deeply as having one of my precious gifts from God reject the truth we taught them. It’s like a squandering of rich inheritance, that will only bring ruin. We noticed our son becoming darker, we tried and tried to reach him. Youth group, mentoring, counselors, time away with us… it just got harder and harder and took more and more from all of us.
Running from God can take more forms a verbal renouncement. Foolish actions speak louder than words and sometime bring just as much pain through consequences. There comes a point where pray is the only hope. Begging and pleading for their protection from themselves until a heart changes. I hope you haven’t been there.
While I wait on the process:
“A servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome (fighting and contending).
Instead (she) must be kindly to everyone (even the teenager) and mild-tempered [preserving the bond-of-peace]. (She) must be a skilled and suitable teacher, patient and forbearing and willing to suffer wrong. (She) must correct opponents with courtesy and gentleness, in the HOPE that God may grant that they will repent and come to know the Truth … that they may come to their senses and escape out of the snare of the devil, having been held by him,” 2 Timothy verses 24-26
These verses encourage me to keep the relationship. In other words, to love as only Jesus would, through the process. In the face of argumentative and quarrelsome words, being both courteous and gentle, never wavering from what I know to be true, in the face of wrong done to me, remaining patient, willing to suffer without resentment. And, remaining HOPEFUL that someday they will perceive the full knowledge of The Truth.
Jesus is the only One that can set a person free from a destructive life-style and way of thinking. As a mom, I will love and hold strong, praying for mercy and grace to fall thick!
God, please encourage all mothers who are in the trenches with me. Give us strength. Help us look past what we see with our eyes. Help us to hold on to Your hope. Real Hope, that You are the One who changes hearts of stone to hearts of flesh. Bring them home, LORD.
ForGlorySake! – Anna