I don’t have time to share the details or feelings we experienced during those 12 days prior and the few after, but I want to share just one thought.
OUR CHILDREN BELONG TO THE LORD. THEY ARE HIS.
Now, I know many of you will be thinking, yes I already know that…
BUT let me just say that when you have spent more time with your child then anyone else on the planet, in your heart - he is yours. Giving him to the Lord is hard even when it’s what you’ve wanted and planned for.
He is missing at the dinner table, and in the circle for family prayer. He is missing from the bench at church and from trips in the car. His absence is huge. It hangs in the air and causes tears to stream down my face.
And then, his letter comes. And he speaks of miracles, love and hard work. He is alive and burning like never before, because he is out doing his Father’s work. His joy is full – and suddenly so is mine!
Next month I will share more about
Michael Elder Cockrum’s unique mission experience thus far. If you are blessed with a special needs child, you’ll have particular interest in this story. I will also share how this has effected our homeschool and our everyday family life.
Until then, hug your children and enjoy them; they will be on their Father’s errand before you know it. It is your job to prepare them.
Dana occasionally blogs at Noggins & Nonsense when she can spare a minute to sit down and write. She is homeschooling her two youngest children, serving as a Relief Society President, and has recently joined the Mission Moms club.