Healing takes time
Healing — on your part and the prodigal’s — takes time. A wise woman, who endured many painful years loving a child determined to make excruciating decisions, told me, “Proverbs 22: 6 tells us that when we train a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not turn from it.
“Did you see the part about, ‘when he is old’? It may take awhile.”
It’s not easy being the parent of a prodigal — don’t let anyone, ever, prevail you into thinking that it is. Lean on God, not your own understanding (Proverbs 3: 5); don’t give up (Galatians 6: 9); and remember that love — God’s love — never fails.