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.
Dear Lover of Prodigals,
My prodigal seldom had money to buy Christmas gifts. Occasionally I got something I wanted and let him give it to me.
But that was fake. So I, in greater honesty, began to say. “All I want for Christmas is…” something I hoped would happen in his life.
Over the years I requested some treasured gifts from him:
Surely the first time I said, “All I want for Christmas is for you to know Jesus,” I was confident knowing Jesus would bring new life and new desires and purposes and choices. And that June 2 when he met the Savior set him on a new journey.