The Prodigal Child – A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

For the next several weeks I will be digging deeper into this portion of scripture and picking apart each verse to discover practical applications we can apply to the season of parenting a prodigal child.  If there is one thing I’ve learned the past few years of navigating this rough terrain, it’s the importance of timing.  It can mean the difference between breakthrough and breakdown…the difference between healing and hurting…the turning around of a situation or the worsening of it.

Bad timing will happen.  Oftentimes we’re reacting in the moment and with our emotions.  But we don’t have to despair.  There is one assurance, one guarantee that is always right on time—the Word of God!


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