You know the wave is a funny thing. We wave goodbye, we wave hello. So what are we, as parents, spiritual or otherwise, supposed to do when a child goes away?
Luke Chapter 15
"...But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity and tenderness (for him);" v. 20.
The father had kept a watch and "a fattened calf" v. 23 ready for celebration. He had been waiting for the son to "come to himself" v. 17 and come home. When the father saw him, "he ran". v. 20 and if I were him I would probably be waving as I ran too.
So why did the Prodigal Son's father let the son go? v. 12 Because he was his son, not his bond servant. If he was his bond servant he could have commanded that he stay.
It doesn't take very long to spend "...all that he had" and "fall behind and be in want" and "get up and go to my father". v. 18
So get that "best robe", "ring" and "sandals" v. 22 ready. He or she may be coming home...
I'm saving my wave for that day.