I love the story in the Bible of the prodigal son. It shows a loving and forgiving father. It shows a son returning to the father. This is a story that gives hope to so many parents who have their own prodigal child situation. Some parents have children who are estranged from them. Some parents have children who have walked away from God. Some parents have children who have gotten involved in drugs and/or alcohol. That is why I’m sharing this video of a woman named Lin as she tells us her own Prodigal Son story.
The son, named Chad, was estranged from his parents for 20 years. He was involved with drugs, was homeless, and went to jail for a period of time. He was filled with anger and bitterness towards his parents and would not speak to them at all.
The mother, Lin, talks about how God kept giving her encouragement during that time. She prayed for her son faithfully. Romans 8: 28 and Philippians 1:6 were two of the verses that she claimed when she prayed for her son.
“God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, and to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
.”For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
Lin claimed these verses because she knew her son had made a decision for Christ when he was young. She believed that God would complete the work began in him, and that God would use everything, bad and good, for good in her son’s life. Her son did come back to the Lord, and to the family, answering so many prayers on his behalf.
In closing the video, Lin encourages other parents by saying that God loves our prodigal children more than we do. She tells us we can be confident that God is going to do a good work, and bring it to completion. Now that’s “Good News”!!
So—Let’s Be Encouraged!!