Thursday, August 12, 2010

For Tracey on Moving Day

As I write this, we are three hours away from leaving to take you to college. Reflecting on your life, I remember your first cries, first steps, first words, first boo-boos, … plane rides… days at school… laughs… friends… disappointments… first hurts and on and on. As I do, I think that I remember the joys so much more than the hurts. And I am at great peace today.

One reason I have peace is that today is the fulfillment of 18+ years of expectations. For your entire life, your mother and I have tried, to the best of our ability, to influence you for this day: a day in which you will demonstrate your independence of us and a new level of dependence on God and yourself. We have tried to model, teach, admonish and exhort you to make wise choices and depend on God in all things.

In my quiet time today, I read 1st and 2nd Timothy, and have a new understanding of Paul’s letter and the expectations and aspirations he had for Timothy. As you go to college, my daughter, my prayers for you will be:
  • Let no one despise your youth; instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 1 Tim 4:12 (HCSB)
  • ...pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. 1 Tim 6:11 (HCSB)
  • You, therefore, my [daughter], be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful [ones] who will be able to teach others also. 2 Tim 2:1-2 (HCSB)
Your mother and I love you and are for you. Know that you can never be more loved than you are right now. God bless you, my daughter.


Kitchen-Dreams said...

Taking our two children to college has to be two of our very most emotional days since their births! I hope all is well with your beloved daughter and that you guys are doing well. Just remember...this is what you raised them to do.

elybiado said...

I may add;

Eccles 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;

Eccles 12:2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, are not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:

Eccles 12:3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows shall be darkened,

Eccles 12:4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding shall be low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of music shall be brought low.

Eccles 12:5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:

Before our body is laid to rest.

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