As a mother, I would like to protect my children from all hurt. All mothers feel this way. That feeling doesn’t stop just because our children are over 18. It is a forever kind of thing. Maybe homeschooling parents feel this even stronger than most – we spend a great deal of time pouring in wisdom and protecting our children. Of course, we each teach and protect as we feel best. But we mothers are not stupid. We know that at some point the reins must be turned over; the apron strings cut. We do our best to provide wisdom, sound teaching, strength, and courage to our children, so that in times of trouble our children will be able to stand – weather the storms. When Christ likens His love to a parent for his child, He gives us a perfect picture – perfect understanding of what His love is, because we know as parents what our love is for our children. I would gladly step in and take the pain and suffering for my children. I would die for them. Although that kind of love is required of us, it is not necessarily what we get to do for them in life. Instead, we prepare them the best we can for life. We continue to give them sound advice when necessary. Then we give them support as they take on the world, and we pray that they stand firm.
Yesterday, I thought often of Airman Mom and her son in Afghanistan. In her post she mentioned the worry she felt for him. I totally understand. I bet she would gladly have gone to war in his stead to know that he was safe. But that is not the way of things. Our young people are trained, ready, and able to do the job. And us mothers have to let them go. And pray.