Lenten reflection — recidivism

February 20, 2016

How many times do we expect
the prodigal to return?

What about the fourth time,
when we are out of rings and robes
and the only sandals
in the house
already have feet in them?

What about the seventh time,
a little gray in the hair,
everyone’s hair,
and there is not so much
as fatted turnip left in the kitchen?

Our older child does not need
to say, “I told you so.”
It hovers in the air,
but still we are not left alone.

God, look the prodigal comes again.
We always lean our hearts 
into that moment —
the one with the big hug,
and we believe every time …

the way you always do.

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4 Responses to Lenten reflection — recidivism

  1. This is a prayer for all the parents of adult kids who do drugs, join gangs, can’t hold jobs, are always in trouble with the law, can’t control their temper, get drunk every day. And there are so many.

  2. You are more generous than I ~ and so, apparently ~ is God. Sometimes recidivism slash relapse tips toward codependence. Seven times is enough! Or is it?

  3. So important. Grateful here.

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