Letting Go

May 30th, 2012

1 Samuel 1:19-28RG AUDIO 053012

Nora and Duane took their only child to begin his first year in college. They quickly moved him into the dorm, hugs were exchanged, and they prepared to head home. Pulling away, Duane glanced in the rearview mirror and saw him waving. As Duane waved back, his heart broke. They had crossed a milestone; things would never be the same again. He grieved for the child that had been theirs for 18 years, yet knew this was an important step for him to become the man God wanted him to be.

All parents face the pain of letting go. It may be on a college campus, at a military induction center, or that first job and apartment away from home. Sadly for some, it is beside a hospital bed or a grave. For Hannah, the moment came very early. We can only imagine what she felt as she hugged Samuel one last time and placed his tiny hand into Eli’s.

For us who live by faith there can be no better place for our child–or ourselves.

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2 Responses to “Letting Go”

  1. Jeannie Murray Says:

    May 30th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    This is my life at the moment. I have a son going into his senior year of high school this coming school year. It has been so hard everyday. I cry continuously think of the coming year. This was the exact devotional I needed to read. I realize it is a part of life for our children to grow up and leave, and I am both happy for him yet sad. I work hard to be strong in my faith and know in my heart that God will continue to bless him through-out his life.

  2. Pam Says:

    January 9th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I am going through a similarity with my youngest son. He has been by my side since his father passed back in 2009. I kept holding his hand and refused to let go until a sermon at church for the new year gave me confirmation that it was time to let him go. It truly hurts and scares me of letting him go cuz i don’t want to lose him. When i let my other son go, by his choice, i lost him and our relationship has never been the same. I know God is watching over them and one day they will return to Him by serving Him again. For now they are in God’s hands the miracle worker.

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