In September, many young people move out of “home” for the first time and move into college or university dorms. I offer this prayer for all those who have struggled with packing boxes, finding space in the boots of cars for “just one more thing”, and returning home – car empty with a little bit of you suddenly seeming very distant. x
It’s so quiet!
Quiet enough for the doubts to creep into my head.
Did I remember to tell her about…?
Did I show him how to…?
Will they remember to…?
The last minute speech was well-rehearsed
All the last minute instructions were given
Did I remember everything?
God, help me,
help them if I forgot anything.
I’ve watched this person grow,
From the moment I first held them,
Separated by distance.
My son, my daughter still growing,
Answering life’s challenges in the same courageous way they always have.
Not afraid of scuffed shoes or scraped knees
Trees will be climbed
Scooter ticks performed
Blank walls painted
Life will be lived to the full
Protect my son, my daughter, God.
I pray all I’ve taught is enough,
A good start, for them to thrive,
Not just survive.
For them to be alive,
And not just living.
I pray they enjoy the life you’ve given.
Help them to discover you, the life giver, as their life unfolds.
With each step along the way
Each pint of celebration
Each shared cookie dough of commiseration
Each belly laugh that snorts through the nose and brings salty tears.
Let them know you are with them,
Cheering them on,
Calling them “home”, wherever on earth that may be.
My home is quiet without them
Except for the cheering.
Let them hear the cheering!
My celebration of the man, the woman they are!
Help them become the person you are calling them to be.