“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
For every parent of a prodigal, these words of Jesus offer hope. Just as a shepherd goes after the one sheep that wandered off, so will our Good Shepherd go after His wandering child. He will do whatever needs to be done to bring him back. If you are the parent of a prodigal, take heart. He loves your son or daughter. His will is to bring them back to His flock. Pray for your child and trust that God will accomplish His purpose.