Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Prodigal Returns

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 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you . . .”
2 Corinthians 9:8

To my dear blogging friend:

I have been where you are right now. I know what it is to have a child walk away from you. It is an agonizing place--full of longing and fear, and trimmed with hurt, a touch of anger and many “what ifs”.

I remember wishing "If I could just have my daughter back--the daughter I know is still in there somewhere." I really didn't know or understand the young woman she had become. I wondered if she had taken to heart anything her father and I had taught her about Jesus (or anything else, for that matter).

Thankfully, God kept his hand on her, though she tried to shrug it off many times. A few years later she came to a hard place in her life, brought on by the combination of a series of poor choices and bi-polar disorder. Though I hated to see her in these painful circumstances, I rejoiced that she turned, not only to her dad and me, but to God for help and strength and forgiveness!

The wonderful differences in her and in our relationship are undeniable and unshakable.

I offer you hope, my friend, glorious hope—hope that wipes away all the anxiety, disappointment, regrets, and pain. Our God truly is faithful and loving. He hears and he answers—maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but at just the right moment.

May He pour out His grace and mercy on you and yours!

With love,
I would have lost heart,
unless I had believed that
I would see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!
(Psalm 27:13-14).  

©2012 Pamela D. Williams