Editor’s Letter

October 2018 - Editor's Letter
by Lori Hatcher

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October 2018 - Editor's Letter

The only thing scarier than sending a child off to kindergarten is sending a child off to college.

When we nudge them out of the protective bubble of our homes for the first time at age 5, we worry about safety, friendships, and academic success. When we send them out the second time at age 18, we add fears about alcohol and drug abuse, car accidents, and dangerous relationships to our list of concerns. Although our goal as parents is to prepare our children to step into adulthood, when the day finally comes, we vacillate between celebrating and crying.

My scale weighed heavily on the side of crying the day my husband and I delivered our daughter to a Christian college two states away. Sustained by the knowledge that we had sought God’s direction for where she should go to school, I’d made it all the way to the Parents’ Orientation meeting without bursting into tears. But there, surrounded by hundreds of other parents also barely clinging to their composure, the dam that held back my emotions started to crack.

Until the campus pastor stepped to the lectern.

“I want you to know that my staff and I have been praying for your daughters and sons from the day this college accepted their application,” he said. Then he shared the passage of Scripture they used in their prayers, Colossians 1:9-11:

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