One of most iconic and beloved stories in the Bible is that of the Prodigal Son. All of us can find ourselves in that portion of Scripture. Some are prodigal sons, and some are prodigal daughters.
One of the latter is my good friend and former Focus on the Family colleague Yvette Maher. You know how it is with fellow staff members. Years may pass before you learn anything about their history.
I knew and appreciated Yvette’s deep faith from the beginning. She has a depth to her that grabs your heart. But I worked with her for years before I knew the amazing journey that got her there.
She lived an idyllic childhood on a Kentucky dairy farm, the youngest of three girls. Then the whole direction of her life veered off course when her dad left her mom for another woman. Yvette’s family disintegrated, and she set off as prodigals will, seeking what love and meaning she could cobble together from the world.
Instead of finding answers, Yvette spiraled out of control into drugs, alcohol, and men – a lifestyle that ultimately led to an unexpected pregnancy and an abortion. Then an uncle murdered his wife before committing suicide. Then Yvette’s father killed the man who was sleeping with his wife.
Desperate circumstances led the Prodigal Son back to his father, and desperate circumstances have led Yvette back to her Heavenly Father again and again, learning each time that He was not only waiting for her, He was seeking her the whole time.
I hope you’ll join us for our conversation with Yvette Maher. Part one of our conversation aired yesterday, and she’s on our broadcast today and we’ll wrap up her story tomorrow. Yvette has an infectious spirit and will encourage you to believe that your Heavenly Father will not turn away from you – no matter what you’ve done. He’ll open His arms to you as wide as He does for all of us prodigals.