• Anita Ford Vargas


One of the hardest and most thankless jobs is that of a parent. It’s extremely hard to watch your child walk into that same brick wall over, and over again. It is funny how the values you taught them may seem like they no longer apply. Without warning you become the enemy and you realize that you simply don’t know anything. I believe its starts from the time they become adolescent, start coming into their own personalities and accept outside influences, they become “brilliant” or so they think. Wow… I am amazed how we accept the rushing feelings of guilt, inadequacy and frustration as parents.

When looking at this child I’m thinking, is this same child that not only loved me and thought I was smartest human ever! During these moments, I have often thought of the movie “The Body Snatchers” and said, please return my child and take this monster that you’ve left behind.

For me the story of the Prodigal Son offers hope during my time of disappointment. In the book of Luke, chapter 15:17a (NLT version), it states that he (the prodigal son) finally came to his senses. Wow… look at the hope that we have in the Jesus! That they, our sons and daughters will wake up! Be encouraged there is hope even for that lost child of yours and mine.

Inspirational readings:

“In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally[a] rescued them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years. Isaiah 63:9

“The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has spoken who can change his plans? When his hand is raised, who can stop him?” Isaiah 14:27

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