Many parents have lamented over sending their kids to school in the last few weeks. Diane and I have been there. I remember a tear rolling down my cheek when we put our little ones on the bus many years ago. The fact that they’ll be home late that same afternoon doesn’t help. But now we know it could be worse, they could be sending them off to college.
Someone posted on Facebook today that they are not looking forward to taking their son back to Marshall University today. Marshall is about an hour south of where we live. Marshall students who live here can come home every weekend and any parent can go down to take their son or daughter out to dinner any time they want. The fact that they can come home next weekend doesn’t help. But it could be worse, they could be sending them 13 hours away to college.
Our youngest son went back to college yesterday. Diane took him to Columbus yesterday to board a plane to Providence, Rhode Island, where he goes to school. He will be back in December over Christmas break. It’s a 13 hour drive from here to Providence. The fact that he’ll be home in 3 1/2 months doesn’t help. But it could be worse… (I don’t even want think about the many things that could be worse.)
You get the point. No matter what we face in our lives or what our situation, it could often be better and it could almost always be worse. I like this from Godly Woman Daily that someone posted on FB today.
One of the best ways to get over our hurt is to reach out and minister to others. When Paul says in Romans 12:15 – “Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep” he really was delivering a good message from God. When he said at the beginning of Romans 15 to bear one another’s burdens, it’s great advice. We who are sending our kids to college can let the parent whose child is getting on the bus know that it will be OK. They will make it through it. We mustn’t trivialize it, but remember that we were there one day. When we encourage others it can be like a healing balm. When we remember that some others have it much worse than we do, it can make us thankful. And finally, when we remember that God will see us through whatever it is, that He will never leave us nor forsake us, we will remember how blessed we are.