Things I wish for my son…

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Today our oldest son turned 24. It’s almost time for him to leave and cleave. In just over a month, he will be married and moving out. He will be supporting a wife, leading a home, starting a family… I wrote this six years ago as he prepared to go away to college. I echo the sentiments today. Like most mothers, I made mistakes. I am so much more imperfect than so many who’ve gone before me. My weaknesses and failures are ever before me. Still, I know that I pour my heart and soul into my children daily. I have given all I’ve had to give…all I knew how to give…all I could do, I have done. These words from my heart are for him…this is my hope for him, more than a wish, a prayer.

Things I wish for my child as he becomes an adult…

I wish for him to remember that he was cherished every hour of his childhood…

I wish for him to live in the sunshine even when storm clouds hover…

I wish for him to have rainbows after every storm…

I wish for him to serve others, to befriend those in need and to do good to all men…

I wish for him to find a wife who will love him as much as I love his father…

I wish for him to cherish that wife as I am cherished by his father…

I wish for him to love his own children as much as he is loved by his parents…

I wish for him to provide for his family as he has been provided for…

I wish for him to stand strong when others are weak…

I wish for him to seek wise and godly counsel and to avoid the chatter of fools…

I wish for him to know that I believe in the soundness of his mind,
the goodness of his heart and the strength of his character…

I wish for him to remember that no matter where he goes
or what he does he will have my unconditional love…

I wish for him to look to the scriptures for answers to the questions in life
and to walk with God every step of the way…

I echo the words of King David~a man who I can relate to in so many ways~sins, failures, struggles…

I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you. O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you. Grant to Solomon my son a whole heart that he may keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, performing all, and that he may build the palace for which I have made provision.” Then David said to all the assembly, “Bless the Lord your God.” And all the assembly blessed the Lord, the God of their fathers, and bowed their heads and paid homage to the Lord and to the king.~1 Chronicles 29:17-20

Lord hear my prayer!

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