11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”
“Thank you Captain.”
“We’ve already sent some of the cruisers to look for her, and some of our best officers.”
I really had nothing else to say. I wanted my daughter back, I was glad my Father was captured but I did not want it to be at the cost of Vania.
Lord I know you are in control but right now it feels like you are a million miles away.“Marishka we are going to find her.”
I am here with you my child.Why is this happening Lord? Is Vania safe Lord?
Rest in me my child.Lord I am trying but my daughter.
Your daughter is my daughter, and I know the number of hairs on her head.
“I want her here now Jacob. I want to know she’s okay.”
“Marishka I believe she is.”
“But we don’t know for sure.”
All the courage I had before seemed to dissapear because my daughter was the one in danger. I could handle myself, but now my daughter was in danger. I had no idea where my Father had her, who had her, or what she was going through. I wanted to believe she had gone off on her own, and was okay, but I knew Vania better than that.
Vania would not just leave at four o clock in the morning without telling someone. Not unless she had to.
Vania had left the house for a reason.
I wish she would pick up her phone, answer me, let me know she was okay.
I tried again, and heard her phone ring again, looked around and saw that she had dropped it on her way out. She had to be in a hurry.
Vania would not just leave her phone.
A text message read: Meet me at the coffee shop, and don’t say anything, or your family will be in danger.I did not recognize the number and had no idea who sent it, but I had every idea who was behind it.
Lord who sent her that message, where is she at? They have looked everywhere including all the local coffee shops, but still nothing Lord. I am so afraid something happened to my daughter.I was struggling so hard with resting in him at that moment. I just wanted Vania back, I wanted to know she was okay, not laying hurt somewhere, or worse.
Rest in me my child, you will find comfort and peace.
I did not even want to think about the possibility of worse.
A song of ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
“I know Jacob but I am still scared for our daughter. She has been through so much already, we can’t lose her now.”
“Don’t think like that sweetie.”
“I’m trying not to Jacob, but I am so scared.”
“I’m going to go out there and start looking Marishka. I don’t want to feel like I am sitting on my hands.”
“I’m going with you Jacob.”
“Alright Marishka, I’ll let Anna and Sophia know what’s going on, they can explain it to the older children. It wouldn’t hurt to get prayer requests out there.”
I wanted this to be over. I wanted to wake up from this nightmare. I wanted to wake up and find this was all a nightmare, that Vania was safe. I wanted my Father to still be in jail of course, but I didn’t want my oldest daughter to get caught in the mix.
Lord why are we lving this nightmare? Will it ever end? I thought things were going t be better, and now Vania is missing.“Jacob we are going to have to go to the jail and talk to my Father.”
My child rest in me.
“I know Marishka, we’ll do that first.”
“Thank you Jacob. I love you.”
“I love you to Marishka, and I love Vania, I am going to do anything I can to get our daughter back.”
“I know you will Jacob, and I am so grateful for that. I just can’t wrap my head around anything right now. I want to get to the jail and talk to him.”
“I don’t know if he will say anything Marishka, I want you to realize that, because he likes watching us be mentally tortured.”
“I know Jacob.”
It was sad, but true , my Father got satifaction in torturing his children, not only physically but mentally.
“I heard Vania was missing, I am so sorry to hear that.” The monster said in a voice that dripped in sarcasm.
“Do you know where she is at?”
“I’m not telling you anything, until I get a deal.”
“What kind of deal do you think your going to get, you have left a blood trail from one side of this country to another.”
“There’s more than you think.”
“Did you do something to our daughter?” Jacob asked, wanting to shake the life out of my Father. I knew the feeling because at that moment, I wanted to do the same thing.
“We’re going to find her.”
“I just hope it’s not to late when you do.” The monster said laughing.
This man had no heart. He cared about nothing.