It’s easy to point fingers in abandonment and divorce, harder to see how the victim of divorce factors into things, and yet, we need to do so if we are going to move on. It is especially important if we are going to find healing and possibly open ourselves to another relationship. Using the characters in Jesus’ Parable of the Prodigal Son gives us one way to do so.
In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, two sons take very different paths. The first is an honorable son, helping his father whenever he can, increasing the home’s profitability and caring for his family. The second son seeks out his father, demands his inheritance, and proceeds to squander it all on sex, gambling, and “good” times, before hitting bottom and finding himself hungry and eking out a meager living tending swine. The realization causes him to return home, humbly seeking his father’s forgiveness and a position, not as a valued son since he knows he is unworthy of the title, but among the workers instead.Continue Reading