I tossed and turned for two nights, but mostly I'm good with this phase of our son's life. He's an amazing kid, really. I know I'm biased, but he is. So why did I toss and turn?
My heart was full of eighteen years of things that I hope and pray will sustain him in the dark moments of questioning who he is, where he should go, who he should spend time with, and what career path God wants to lead him down. As parents our job isn't done, it's just different now.
Our dear friends also sent their son off this week, and the father joked that if he could develop a fly-on-the-wall app, he'd be rich! Then we saw every scratch, bump, bruise, sniffle, sneeze, homework assignment, late alarm clock, missed bus, sleepover, practice, performance....you get it. But now, we will watch from afar and get snippets of download dump when he comes home with a bag of dirty laundry and a late night unload of stories that he gets to decide if he wants to tell--or not.
What scripture should I choose for this moment?
...yeah, though I walk through the valley of death, thou art with me....no, no, not that one.
...for this reason a son shall leave his father and mother, and join together...no, no, not that one.
...honor thy father and mother....ok, maybe?
...love one another, for love is of God, and everyone who loves is born of God....yes, closer.
...you knit me together in my mother's womb, and even before a thought is on my tongue You know it. Where can I go that You are not there...ah, yes, I love Psalm 139.
...I will uphold you with My righteous right hand....sigh, peace is coming now.
He leaves for his first semester abroad this week. Then my daughter leaves and our nest will be empty. Yet, we are not alone. For God so loved us that He gave His only begotten Son...and I cannot fathom how the Father felt when He sent His only son off to live with us, but I'm so grateful He sent
his Holy Spirit to whisper promises in my heart.
Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots.Nurse Practitioner by day.Wife, mother, writer by night.Coffee drinker--any time.
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