Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
II Tim. 4:2
So begins the graduation season.
The beautiful announcements have been pouring into my mailbox, heralds of maturation and future and plans and accomplishment. Kids who I taught in preschool, now young adults. Babies of dear friends, now earning degrees. Foil accented pieces of parchment holding pictures and name cards, class mottos and dreams, secured in not one, but two envelopes.
I have several friends who are struggling with this change of season. They have devoted their youth to the raising of their children.
And now those children aren’t children anymore.
A season is coming to an end.
And change is on the horizon.
Our roles in our relationships are not static. They shift, adjust, morph, just like the lines on our faces.
But knowing these changes are coming is not the same thing as accepting it in the heart.
As those relationships begin their march toward peerage, there is a role, in season and out of season, that we do continue, something that doesn’t change no matter the announcement in the mailbox.
We can always speak the Word over one another.
In season and out of season.
When those precious kids are still living in our home. When they’re spreading their wings to fly.
May we always be prepared.