|We will rejoice and be glad. Psalm 118:24 ~ photo courtesy of Google images|
One midlife malady I never reckoned with has come to call. It was a long time coming. I’d heard stories about its insidious ways over the years from friends suffering from it. But since I have six children, with a span of almost 17 years between the first sons (twins) and the last child, my home was full and busy. An “empty nest” was nowhere on my radar. Then, the sneaky intruder moved in a few weeks ago when my youngest child, Robbie, left for college.
At first I didn’t recognize it, calling it simply one of those transitions I’ve written about recently. I’d heard you need to call these things by their common name in order to effectively deal with it. Okay, then. Hello, Mr. Empty Nest.
I’m really okay with that. I have enjoyed being the mother of all my wonderful children and I treasure those growing up years. It’s only appropriate that the children should grow up and leave the nest. God has blessed us.
But, when I have a momentary lapse into sadness, I remember Ezra’s words that comforted the children of Israel. God’s people had returned to Jerusalem from Babylon. The city lay in ruin and they were in despair. (See Nehemiah 8:1-12)
Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10b
To be fair, I’ve tried to be hospitable to my uninvited guest and attend with patience and understanding. It’s caused me to think, a lot, and have lots of conversations with God my Father. It’s at time like these that I praise God for His promises and I remember who I am as a child of the King.
For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5
I'm pleased to report, my youngest son has already come home for visits. When there is no big football game, Lord willing, he’ll come again. I will make his favorite meals, give him my full attention, and see for myself that he is learning to fly.O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever. Psalm 118:29
Thanks friends for spending some time with me today. You are a blessing.
Now, to announce the winner of Carol Stratton's entertaining debut novel, Lake Surrender. Thanks so much to all of you who visited and commented on last week's interview. Congratulations goes to Pamela Harrison whose name was chosen in the random drawing.