Once a month I write a letter to the wonderful Prayer for Prodigals community I am part of. Often those letters, though specific to those who love a prodigal, apply to any or all of us in the challenging circumstances of life. This post considers setting boundaries and consequences with love and grace.
Dear Lover of Prodigals,
If you have been a part of this amazing Prayer for Prodigals community for very long, you know it is a place of much grace. We focus on loving, accepting and praying our prodigals back. The father in Luke 15 and our heavenly Father are our models.
Yesterday I received an email from a friend whose prodigal son had abused her gracious and loving efforts to help him make better choices, show respect, become responsible, surrender to our God. “What do we do?” this mother asked.
Perhaps what I wrote to her will be helpful to you.
A letter to my friend
Dear Anna (not her real name),
I am sorry for the continuing conflict and disrespect.
Yes, it’s time for boundaries, expectations and consequences. Defined clearly with timeline.Continue Reading