September 1, 2012

On the Lord’s Errand

This is our son and his first Mission President and his wife.On August 21st our oldest son reported for his mission.  We had 12 days notice.  His mission call didn’t come in the mail but by phone call from the Mission Office.

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.

imageDana 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.

4 comments - Add a comment below -:

ChristinaB said...

I have been blessed with a special needs child, and I don't think I can wait a month to hear about Elder C's experiences. I would love to hear more about his mission!

Bethany said...

Beautiful post, beautiful sentiment, brought tears to my eyes. I look forward to hearing more about his mission. I hope you can share more of the feelings you've experienced.

Bethany said...

Beautiful post, beautiful sentiment, brought tears to my eyes. I look forward to hearing more about his mission, but hope you can share more of the feelings you've experienced as well.

JRoberts said...

Looking forward to crying some more.

Your insights are always something I look forward to you sharing.