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For Mothers of Prodigals
by Jacky Hughes
07/01/05
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I wrote this poem in the year 2000. At the time, my daughter was far away from God and hated me. She left home at 15, and did many silly things. I suffered a lot because of the things she did. I would pray and pray. I even sometimes hired a prayer room at a retreat to pray for her.

Now it is 2005 and she is a worship leader in a youth group in a big church. God is using her, and I take comfort he knew my heart then, and does now as my younger child wanders in the wilderness. God reminded me of this poem this morning. I know there are others who have the same heart cry on faithwriters, or who will identify. It was written after a friend shared her own suffering - she said to me:

"Our children have turned against us, is it the end times?' Mark 11:11-13,

Mothers of Prodigals




Yesterday, my friend said,

Our children have turned against us.

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This is the end times

So many times seem to have endings

And then they begin again

Is this the end time?


Lord, we ask the question,

Why our children

We tried so hard?

Is it the end of time?


The forbidden question

No man may know

The day or the hour

The end of time must come at some time

All time ends


Hold us Lord

We are mothers in the wilderness

Crying for our children

As they wander, prodigal


We are mothers in the wildreness

Holding empty robes

Pots in the kitchen

Full of the food of our love


The bottle of our tears is overflowing

Pools of water form in our wilderness

Our hearts melt with the fire of longing


Our sacrifices feel too small

Widows mites

Will have to be your insence

And our prayer, Lord.

Is if this is the end times,

Let there be another day.


THE ANSWER OF THE LORD TO ALL OF US WHO CRY FOR OUR CHILDREN -

Isaiah 43:5-7(The Message)
The Message (MSG)
Copyright 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson


5 "So don't be afraid: I'm with you.

I'll round up all your scattered children,

pull them in from east and west.

6 I'll send orders north and south:

"Send them back.

Return my sons from distant lands,

my daughters from faraway places.

7 I want them back, every last one who bears my name,

every man, woman, and child

Whom I created for my glory,

yes, personally formed and made each one.'"


(c) jacky Hughes 2000. See other works by Jacky at: www.mercyuk.org.uk







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