I know it sounds cliche, but I really can’t believe that 18 years have gone this fast! On Friday we drove up to Grand Rapids and on Saturday we said good-bye to our oldest as she started college at Cornerstone University. We got her moved into her room, ate dinner in the cafeteria and then went with her to a dedication service. Dr. Joseph Stowell, the new President told students the most important person they will meet in their four years of college is not new friends or even a potential mate, but Jesus. After his message he had all the students come forward while the parents prayed over them. Then he asked all the students to kneel during a prayer of dedication. The service was moving and gave both Sue and I confidence about Amy’s choice for school.
Was it hard to say good-bye? Yes. Back when Amy was a preschooler, at bedtime I would snuggle her and tell her stories and then hold her little face and say, “you know I’m crazy about you.” I still am! So, yes it was hard.
Was it hard to say good-bye? On the other hand, no. I feel a tremendous amount of confidence in her ability and in her willingness to relentlessly follow Jesus. She is ready for this next adventure and she is in a good place.
The goal of every parent should be to raise and release responsible adults who love and follow Jesus. Amy’s first day at Cornerstone University was a big day for Amy and for us.