Saturday, December 22, 2007

A Modern-Day Prodigal Son

Driving home last night I heard this story on NPR's "All Things Considered." Joseph Shapiro's "In New Orleans, a Mother's Search for Her Lost Son" is a true, modern day recapitulation of the parable of the Prodigal Son. File this one away for future sermon reference.

Five years ago, Chris Turnbow left home in Marion, Ark., and just disappeared.

His family had reason to believe he was living in New Orleans; a family friend had bumped into him there at Mardi Gras. But that was before Hurricane Katrina. Turnbow's mother, Jean Aaron, tried not to consider whether his long silence meant he was alive or dead.

"I have been so scared since Katrina came, not really knowing anything about what had happened to him, and having the very worst thoughts sometimes," she says. "And then I'd try to be positive about it and know that someday I'd see him again."

1 comment:

NewKidontheBlogg said...

Moving story, Beth!