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Jesus held on and turned loose in his prayer in the garden.

“He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” Mark 14:35-36(NKJV)

  A beautiful story of faith that holds on and turns loose is found in Exodus 2:1-10. The Pharaoh of Egypt ordered the death of all Hebrew boy babies because they were overpopulating Egypt.

  Jochebed, Moses’ mother, (Numbers 26:59) was inspired that there was something special about her baby so she kept him a secret for three months. Finally the day arrived when she could no longer wait for God to miraculously save the child. She must turn him loose and let God keep him alive. So, Jochebed made an ark of bulrushes and placed him among the reeds on the river’s bank where Pharaoh’s daughter bathed. She saved the baby; hired Jochebed to nurse him; gave him the best education available; and he later becomes the Moses who led God’s people out of slavery into the Promised Land.

  Question: When does parental responsibility end? Usually the exchange of responsibility comes gradually as the child matures and shows that they can handle responsibility. Parents often become a friendly coach or confidant. Gradually children come to the place where they want total independence, but want the parent to remain ‘on call’ if needed in emergencies (or for baby sitting.)

  Usually this transition takes place peacefully. However, there are instances where a severe break in relationship causes the child or the parent to disinherit the others party.

  The Prodigal Son is a superb example of this. We are not given a clue as to why the son wanted to disinherit himself and receive his financial inheritance “as if his father were dead.”

  The father’s attitude and actions teach many lessons. He gave the son his inheritance. The son immediately wasted his inheritance in sinful living. It is wise to notice that the prodigal’s greatest travel had been spiritual and not geographical. A.T. Robertson said, “The prodigal had been out of his head and began to see things as they really were. He ‘came back to himself’ or ‘back to his right senses.’ His memory of his father’s house brought him back to his right senses.

  The story silently teaches us that although the father did not go searching for the youth, he never gave up hope for his return. “The father saw him from afar and ran to him in compassion, hugged and kissed him and fully restored him to the family.”

  Then the father said: “This my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” (Luke 15: verses 24 and 32.)

  In a spiritual sense the Greek word ‘nekros’ pertains to a person who is so morally or spiritually bankrupt that they are in effect dead.

  I have no magical answers as how to fully restore broken relationships. I am aware that as parents we can set the proper example of holding on by loving them; we can turn loose of things they have done to hurt us; we can extend a sincere offer of peace; we can set the proper example of simply asking them to forgive us of every way and every time we have hurt them, as well as those things that we “should have done…but didn’t do.”

   We can take hold of and fix the parts of our self that need “fixing.”


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