From the time our children are born, the process of “letting go” begins. That process includes letting them cry it out, tumble before walking, work through the pains of playground teasing, fail a test for lack of studying, reap the consequences of being late for practice, or make tough decisions by themselves.

MichaelAngela (my sister-in-law) and I are, in different ways, taking another step in that process with our first-born boys, Michael and Addison.

Michael, our oldest nephew, is headed off to college as a freshman today. Addison, our oldest, has been taking entrance exams for a Chilean school that he may attend next year. (That’s kind of tough for this homeschooling mom! I have so enjoyed the individual time with him.)

AddisonWow, how can it be? A mom has such mixed feelings about each step of letting go – feelings of happiness and pride…and, yes, feelings of sadness too.

Thank you, Lord, for the privilege of watching these boys grow in Your likeness. May they continue to grow closer to you every day and mature into godly men. Use them, use all of our children, for Your glory! May they be Your light in this dark world.

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

Your turn to share: What step of “letting go” have you had to take recently?