There’s an empty chair at the table Where my child once used to sit When we all broke bread together A family whole and fit There’s an empty place in the photo As his siblings celebrate Without him again, missing him in The memories they create There’s an empty stocking at Christmas Another year far from home Joy with tarnished edges As the wayward one still roams There’s an empty place in my heart That longs to be peaceful, content Praying my child heeds the call of Christ But fearing he’ll never repent And so goes the song - it goes on and on - Of a godly mother’s heart Life’s full of empty moments Her prodigal’s sin imparts Until our knees and hearts are raw We pray and pray again A thousand tears we offer up “How long, O Lord?” and “When?” And the Father who once welcomed us home - For we were His prodigals too - Says, “Come and rest, and stand the test, My grace is sufficient for you.”
Here are a few of my favorite online finds…
“Behind the storyline of Scripture is the story of how God, in his providence, gave his words to us. When God spoke, he ensured that it would be preserved through a process of writing, collecting, copying, translating, and printing. After thousands of years, the Scripture that began with the breath of God now comes to us in the Book that is worthy of our supreme trust.” Check out this fascinating article from Dirk Jongkind, How We Got the Bible: The Great Story of Sacred Scripture.
Here’s an informative and helpful infographic from Crossway, How do you read the Bible? “When do you read the Bible? How often? What portions of Scripture do you tend to gravitate toward, and are there particular extra-biblical resources you use alongside your Bible to help you process and study it? We surveyed over 6,000 people to learn about Bible study habits. In some cases, the results were quite convicting.”
Parents of older kids, do you have a prodigal- a child who has chosen worldliness over godliness, sin over the Savior? Hey, About Your Prodigal by our friend Michael Coughlin over at Things Above Us will bring you a great deal of peace and comfort as he walks us through the Scriptures that show us how to cope, and that God knows what it’s like to be the Father of prodigals too.
Freebie time! The good people at Monergism “believe the Church should have open access to Scripturally/Theologically sound edifying Christian literature and that one need not be held back from having a significant Christian library because of cost.” And so they offer us 575 Free eBooks Listed Alphabetically by Author. That should give all of us plenty to read for a while!