Bringing the hope of Christ to families of wayward, rebellious, prodigal childrenNavigation
and generates a precious reliance of trust and rest in His sufficiency for all our needs.
Christmas season is upon us once again—and for the majority of families, it’s a time of joy and celebration: family gatherings; nostalgic traditions; the sharing, in love, of carefully chosen gifts. Happy music fills radio air waves and shopping malls. People bustle through stores aglitter with sparkling lights and decorations, to enjoy shopping and an occasional indulgent cup of flavored coffee, hot chocolate, or a frosted cookie or two. A spirit of festivity and goodwill permeates the air—and this is especially true for those who truly understand the reason for the celebration: We are commemorating the birthday of Jesus Christ, God’s Son— Immanuel, who came to earth more than 2,000 years ago to offer salvation by His sacrificial death for our sin. Thus, we sing with joy and gratitude: “Joy to the world! The Lord is come!”
Yet, amidst this season of merriment, some people are dealing with intense emotional pain. Their hearts ache deeply; their eyes brim with tears in remembrance of former happier, carefree days. Many things in life can bring hurt and sorrow, but our topic here focuses on parents of prodigals—whose children continue to spiral downward in alcohol or substance abuse . . . or continued poor choices . . . or, whatever. Fatigue daily overwhelms these parents as they seek to make sense of life. They are “holding-on” by the thinnest thread of hope.Read More
Prayer changes things… especially our hearts!
At a recent WCM board meeting, the importance of praying for our prodigals was discussed at length. How can we most effectively pray for them? How can we encourage one another? What is the best way to implement effectual and earnest prayer for these loved ones? On our Prayer page, we explain a process we’ve begun to implement to pray for and encourage one another. The Apostle Paul says, “. . . You also joining in helping us through your prayers, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed upon us through the prayers of many” (2 Corinthians 1:11 NAS). The prayers of the saints definitely “helped” Paul.Read More
I recommend the following book to parents of prodigals: ENGAGING TODAY’S PRODIGAL – Clear Thinking, New Approaches, and Reasons for HOPE, by Carol Barnier (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2012).
Back Cover: With wisdom and humor, former prodigal Carol Barnier takes you through lessons she learned firsthand . . . This book may be the first step to ‘change the dance’ between you and the prodigal you love.”Read More