Friday, August 28, 2009
Good Son, Glad Dad - Bad Son, Sad Dad.
Pro 23:24-26 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.
Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.
My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
My heart sank as I received the news. Off to the hospital I drove to witness what every parent dreads, a wayward child who had been breaking his parent's hearts, crashes into a pole in the middle of the night. The parents know that God is trying to get their prodigal's attention. Now he lays motionless, under anesthesia, on a ventilator, body broken, battered and bruised, not too far from death.
We raise them the way we feel is the way of the Lord. We try to give them every advantage. Alas, they feel as if they have to make their own way, find their own "truth" and sow their wild oats and hope for a crop failure.
It is an oft repeated tale of tears.
Proverbs gives us the centuries old tried and tested methods of child rearing and parent honoring. A preventative daily dose of these wise sayings is worth a ton of cure.
It looks like the young man is going to pull through. His road to recovery is going to be long and hard. Let's pray the pain is not wasted and that God gets his attention.