My youngest son, Jonas, graduated from high school today. It was an occasion filled with joy as we watched him cross the stage and enter into a new phase of life. He has done well in high school, having been on both the basketball and football teams for his entire high school career, as well being on the track team for half a season after basketball ended. He is well liked by both his fellow students and his teachers. He won several awards during this past week and has a bright future ahead of him. In August he will move to the Philadelphia area where he will be a student at a Christian college in the area. He will major in economic development and minor in missions with the hope of using economic develop as a basis for faith based projects in under-developed nations around the world.
But today also held moments of sorrow, since he is our youngest child and the last to graduate. Kay was pregnant with him when we moved to Vermont to begin our ministry and it is hard to believe so many years have passed as we have toiled in our spiritual labors. He is also the child we nearly lost in that near fatal car accident that we had so many years ago. Thank God for His grace!
Kay and I no longer have any “children” in our home. Just young adults. It is the passing of an era for us and life will be completely different from this point forward. I am not sure we are ready for this, but the time is upon us so we have to accept it. So even as we are filled with joy at what God is doing in the lives of all three of our children, there are moments of sorrow in our hearts when we think about all our children being gone from home. Where did all the time go?
If you still have children living in your home, enjoy every moment, as the time passes far too quickly.