Well, it was a happy day and a sad day all rolled into one.
Jon preached this morning at FHBC:
And Stephen left right after lunch with Mark for MSU. Once Jonathan and Gerlinde leave at the end of September, we’ll be down to just Kathy and Joel left at home. Now, in truth, that’s as many kids as many people ever have, so I know I can’t complain, and of course, I’m overjoyed for Stephen’s growth and accomplishments that have allowed him to pursue his music with a fine scholarship to MSU. But, still, it’s a lot harder to “add” than “subtract!” The thought of a truly empty nest is very sad to me, even though it will mean that all our children are grown and enjoying independent (and hopefully productive, happy) adult lives…and THAT is a joyous thought! Good thing I have a little time to get used to all these ancient and suddenly relevant problems! Aren’t you glad that Jesus comforts us with, “In my Father’s house are many abiding places…” Someday, all of God’s children will be dwelling together in joyful communion. What a hope!
“But as many as received him [Jesus], to them gave he [God] power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12).