Day 7 ~ Another Chance
What prodigals do not only hurts the parents, but the siblings as well. One of my daughters wrote a song about her brother called Another Chance…
It was early in the morning when I walked into the vineyard,
The sun was just coming over the hill.
Tears filled my eyes as I took in the sight of the drooping vines
They wouldn’t respond to my gentle hands and care.
No fruit again…No reason to keep this branch.
No fruit again…I’ve worked so hard, but it just won’t begin…to grow.
I pulled out my shears and picked the branch up from the ground
When I felt someone standing by my side
He took the vine in his nail scarred hands and held it up
With tears he quietly looked into my eyes.
Just one more chance… Please don’t give up so soon
Just one last chance… I want this vine to give me precious fruit… again.
Several years later after many a pruning and cutting
That branch flourished again in the sun
It was covered with fruit of the sweetest sort and stood so strong
A sign of submission in the Master’s hands.
Here’s fruit for you…Only by your grace and mercy
Take all I have… What you have given me, I give back… to you
There’s fruit again… Reason to keep this branch
There’s fruit again…I’ve worked so hard and it just began…to grow.
“I love what you did for Peter, Lord.
After he had denied you three times (Matthew 26: 34), you still forgave him and gave him another chance.
Thank you for your mercy, Lord!
Not only did you give Peter another chance, but you also gave one to me.
And you continue to give me chances. You forgive me again and again…
I pray for a second chance for our sons and daughters, just like you gave Peter.
I ask You, “Lord of the harvest” to send workers into the “harvest field” (Matthew 9:38) that is our prodigal’s lives.
Let our sons and daughters encounter your people wherever they go and let your people share Your love with them in ways they cannot miss.
Let their hearts be “burning within“(Luke 24:32) “~ James Banks
“God sees not only our pain but He sees his plan and when He sees his plan He knows that His plan includes your pain that will bring you to your purpose…”