In the days since I wrote my post as a Prodigal Parent, I have heard from many of you. If you have a prodigal child, you often feel alone and isolated. You feel like YOU did something wrong. You don’t share with others for fear of judgement. You are NOT alone!
Most of you reading this know someone who has a prodigal child. The best thing you can do for them is to pray for them. You can offer them a listening ear. You can take them out for coffee. You can drop them a card in the mail. You can send them a text message. It helps so much just to know someone is praying for you.
There are so many things that can derail our children. We live in a world where you can carry so much temptation around with you in the form of a smart phone.
Christians struggle with the flesh. We are surrounded by images, drugs, alcohol, and pornography. Teens, young adults, and adults have a hard time fighting against these.
Some parents have lived for weeks, months, or years with prodigal children away from home. There is no set timeline. It is long and agonizing. Some parents do not even know where their children are. There are different things that cause children to leave home.
Parents of prodigals need love and support of their family and friends. If you have a friend in this situation, reach out to them. If you are in this position and don’t have anyone to talk to, find someone. You need someone to love and support with their prayers.
Break the silence. You do not have to go through this alone.