“All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great peace shall be the peace of your children”. – Isaiah 54:13
Last Sunday was Father’s Day and as on very rare occasions these days; all of our grown children were home at once! Moms and Dads of married and college aged children, can you FEEL what I mean by that? Contentment, happiness, joy, and even anxiousness to breathe in every word and moment filled our precious time!
One of the things we love to do as a family is to sit under the shade of an old river birch tree planted when they were little and either fish or just talk. We reminisce about fun times jumping off the paddle boat with friends, church parties when everyone ended up wet, and of course, the time when my daughter was very young and went ballistic because her Daddy threw back the fish she wanted to eat! So many fun times on that old pond!
Now the dog and cat bring us our amusement as Greg and I sit under the river birch tree. The deer eating our garden and the state of our lawn health fuel our conversations. At times it seems strange and kinda sad to not have those three Kight goof balls doing unsafe bicycle flips off a homemade ramp into the water or running toward a slippy slide headed down the hill, but at other times it’s ok just to remember…
God gave us children for a reason … to raise and enjoy for a season. Ultimately though they are His. We, as parents, are expected to raise them to be independent and go out into the world as adults who love the Lord and are striving to serve Him above all else. I’m not saying we did a perfect job, we would be the first to admit our shortcomings in the parenting realm, but we did always try to keep our focus on the end result … the place we are right now … the place of letting go and handing them back over to their Heavenly Father.
We will soon be seeing a whole new generation of Kight children as our son and daughter-in-law bring our first grandchild into the world in December (move over grandanimals … sorry). One thing I know for sure, Brendan and Lauren will be fantastic parents … not because of us or Lauren’s parents, but because the Lord has them by the hand. This is our goal, moms and dads, not to make our children the “most popular” in school, not to have them be a star athlete, and not to have them be the valedictorian (although these are all worthy accomplishments) but to have them walking with the Lord as we let go of their hand to place it in hand of God.
I look forward to this grandchild and hopefully many more to come. It’s a new generation and a new God given opportunity to start anew and laugh under the shade of the old river birch tree…
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