I’m reposting 4 different posts from a couple of years ago. I was reminded lately of the need to encourage parents with prodigals. The pain fades over time, but when I hear a new story from parents in the thick of it, it all comes rushing back. I pray this helps in some small way. – Today is just an introduction. The three articles will follow in the coming days.
By Karen A. Pickering – © September 23, 2015
These three articles are dedicated to the many parents who have watched their child or children tear themselves away from the faith. For it is a tearing, a violent ripping away from the good God who loves them and a family who is left to deal with the frayed remains.
Having been where you are, I can tell you that God is faithful. Even though we are still waiting for our prodigal, God has not left us alone in the midst of the trouble. There are no easy answers, no quick fixes. I can’t promise you a three step approach guaranteed to bring results. God is the only one who brings results. The sooner we realize our children are in His hands, alone, the sooner we can leave all of this with Him.
May the few things I have learned be a help to you in your own journey. Knowing that each situation is different, I would encourage you to take in what is helpful and ignore the rest. You are welcome to pass this on to other hurting parents. Please note the copyright and include that with anything you print out.
“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you. Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.'” – Isaiah 41:11, 13 NASB