Last night was Senior Youth night at my church where we have been attending for twenty years. There was no formal program, just fellowship and laughter, and a chance for the graduating Seniors who were present to sit on stage and answer a few questions about their memories of church events, each other, family and God moments.
This group of amazing Godly teens have been going to church together since they were in the infant nursery. And now they sat on stage, sharing God’s truths and expressing maturity about faith, family and future so transparently, that one couldn’t help but be moved to tears.
Trust me, I was. I actually didn’t expect to get emotional during this service, but it finally hit me. I think I’ve been in denial that my second baby girl was graduating, even though we’ve been making plans for it for many months.
As she sat in her chair on stage, looking all grown up and beautiful, and sharing her heart, it was just about more than this sometimes emotionally unstable mama’s heart could take.
But I couldn’t help but think about the devotion from last week, and how timely it was to remember that this is just another season in which God has us. Rather than feeling sad over the fact that she’s going off to college soon, I can feel elated, knowing that she has eternity in her heart and a love for the Lord. What peace it brought me to see her reminiscing about all God has done for her, and recognizing the treasure of true Godly friends and the impact of Godly role models in her life, and knowing that these are what will help her stay grounded in her faith in college even during the hardest of times.
One leader reminded them that when they go to college, they may be required to stand in the gap and do what’s right according to Christ – even if they have to stand in the gap all alone. But we know, they won’t really be alone at all because God will always be there, standing in the gap with them, and maybe even holding them up.
If you have a child graduating from high school or college this year, I’d love to pray for you as I pray for my Kaitlyn. Leave a quick comment with their name, and I’ll lift up all their names in prayer this week.
As our children go out into the world of college or career, nothing is more important than covering them in prayer.
If you haven’t had a chance to read through the comments from last week’s post about enjoying the seasons of parenting, then I want to encourage you to do so! What incredible bits of wisdom are shared, for moms of all ages. A special thanks to everyone who took the time to share their challenges and their life lessons with all of us.
The winner of the WiseDecor giveaway is Martha who posted at 8:06am on 5/24/14