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First Day

It’s been one of those weeks that has left me scratching my head and wondering, “Where did the time go?”

Last week, my oldest daughter began her high school career. Dropping her off at the sprawling campus was second only to her first day of Kindergarten, which seems like it was last week. I think I was more nervous than she was. As she hopped out of the truck and strolled down the sidewalk, she glanced over her shoulder and gave me a grin disguising what I know was fear and uncertainty.

I felt it.

Of course, she passed her first two days with flying colors, slept through about half of the weekend, and then was ready to do it again on Monday.

And Monday was a whole other experience.

I had an 8:00 coffee with a friend from the church. Her first bell is at 9:05. When I left the house at 7:45, she was still asleep.

Was she going to eat breakfast?

Would she make it to her friend’s house for carpool?

Does she remember how to tie her shoes?

Convinced the house was surely on engulfed in flames, I called her as soon as I was done with coffee.

Me: “Did you make it to carpool?”

Her: “Yes, Dad.”

Me: “Did you eat breakfast?”

Her: “Yes, Dad.”

Me: “Did you lock the house, turn out the lights and put the dog in his crate?”

Her: “Yes, Dad.”

Me: “K. Love you.”

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

My training period is almost done. I pray every day that she’s ready when that time comes. Hopefully, I am too.


Pastor Jason


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