He did it!  I can’t believe we’ve already arrived at this stage of our lives!  Where has the time gone? How can my baby have just graduated?

Okay, okay… so Jacob just graduated from preschool, but, amazingly enough, it hit me harder than I thought it would.  It was so interesting to feel so many different emotions such as pride, joy, sadness, etc. as well as have all different thoughts racing through my mind –  “last one to head to Kindergarten”, “no more ‘babies’ in the house”, etc.

A friend of mine is journeying through the stage of sending her first child to college.  She, as well, (but in a much greater scale!), is working through all the emotions, all the thoughts, and all the anxieties that come with this season of graduation.

Each stage of our children’s lives has its pros and cons.  Each chapter is unique and challenging in its own way.  What a joy it is to see our children bloom and grow in their God-given gifts and abilities and then, eventually, see them as independent residents of this world, and, Lord willing – and more importantly – citizens of God’s heavenly Kingdom.

May we continue to be committed to praying for our children – our daughters and sons, our nieces and nephews, our grandchildren, our students, and even our children’s playmates and teammates.

Daniel 1 (NIV)  3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring in some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility– 4 young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians. 5 The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service. 6 Among these were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah…

17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. 18 At the end of the time set by the king to bring them in, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. 19 The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. 20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.

Your turn to share:  Do you have any graduates in your family this year?