“Fear not for you will not be put to shame; neither feel humiliated for you will not be disgraced.” Isaiah 54:4
Walking the journey with a prodigal often causes us to feel ashamed. After all what is wrong with us, why can’t we control our child? We feel we must have done something wrong. It was refreshing to me as someone shared the God is the perfect Father even His children go astray. It’s called free will.
I love Ruth Bell Graham’s poem - They felt Good Eyes upon Them
They felt good eyes upon them and shrank within—undone;
Good parents had good children and they – a wandering one.
The good folk never meant to act smug or condemn,
But having prodigals just “wasn’t done” with them.
Remind them gently, Lord, how you have trouble with Your children, too.
So, don’t allow the enemies condemnation to keep you down. In Search for Significance, Robert McGee says “Shame can rob a person of the joy and peace of his salvation. It is a painful emotion caused by awareness of guilt, shortcomings, or improper behavior, a condition of humiliating disgrace.”