This is the fourth in a weekly series of mini-devotionals on TIME, which is the theme of the 2013 June 2 Worldwide Day of Prayer for Prodigals. This letter goes to the members of the Prayer for Prodigals community.
Dear Lover of Prodigals,
One of the hardest parts of the wilderness journey with a loved prodigal is the roller coaster—the ups and downs, the unexpected turns, the dashed hope.
I know. I’ve been living it. My loved one was making steady progress. Better choices. Greater stability. Hope for a good future. I even wrote about a “Conversation with My Former Prodigal.”
Then hard things happened, pain seared, despair overcame. Bad choices ensued. Old patterns returned. I felt like we had reverted to 10 years ago.
Why was I surprised?