The Plight of the Prodigal

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the prodigal son, the parable in the Bible and this verse also, “A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.” Proverbs 10:1

The verse is so true and my heart has been so very heavy lately not just for myself but for others who suffer the heaviness of heart, both mothers and fathers, and so many others as well.

You see, the plight of the prodigal not only affects the mother and father, but the siblings, the grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, neighbors, co-workers… the list goes on and on to even to include distant acquaintances and beyond.

The plight of the prodigal will even affect those whom the prodigal doesn’t know or has never met. The ripple effect of his or her wrong doings will trickle down through the cracks and crevasses of time affecting all it reaches for generations to come.

The wrong doings are choices made by the prodigal and there are no excuses for these choices. Their choices are made regardless of his or her upbringing, environment, or social status. In reality, none of this has bearing on the prodigal’s choices. I have seen it both ways. I have witnessed kids from both functional and dysfunctional family backgrounds take the road of the prodigal.

So why do these kids jump ship so to speak? I ask myself that same question over and over again. Even when they have been taught right from wrong and know the consequences they still make wrong choices.

Speaking just from my own experience, I see an independent nature, that has been there from birth, leading one to act as if he or she has no need for a personal relationship with God. God in their minds is more of a ticket to Heaven and less of a personal savior.

So, what can we do for the prodigal but pray? Pray for protection, for God’s mercy, repentance and the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. When all we can do is pray, we pray… for the prodigal. Oh, that we had prayed long ago.

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