I just finished reading Ruth Bell Graham’s book, Prodigals and Those Who Love Them. Very helpful book. I highly recommend it. One statement from the essay about St. Augustine, who was quite the prodigal, that really soothed me was something that a priest said to his mother, Monica. She was quite distressed over her son’s walk in sin and was once again sobbing to the priest and he said something to the effect of, “Leave me alone. Go in peace and live on as best as you can for now because it is not possible that the son of such tears could be lost to Christ.” That thought really cheered me up.
I’ve also been practicing praising God for what He is doing instead of complaining to Him night and day about what I want Him to be doing. I think it is called, “Rejoicing”. I’ve found that the very difficult spiritual practice of rejoicing has really helped increase my peace.