Thoughts of you fill my mind tonight.
It’s your first night not living at home. And although you’ve been away from home many times, you’ve never not lived here, in this house, under this roof, with your dad and me and your siblings. Yes, tonight is different.
You packed up most of your favorite belongings -and a few necessities- and transported them to a new room, a new place, a new home. College life has begun.
We helped you settle into your dorm not because you were incapable of doing so yourself, but because we needed to do so. We needed to be with you, to linger there with you, just a tad longer. Thank you, son, for not being bothered by our presence. Thank you for allowing us the privilege of being with you as you embark on this fresh, wonderful adventure.
And as you face the challenges that will certainly come, may I remind you of something profoundly important?
Son, you are loved.
We loved you in the months before you were born, even before we first laid eyes upon you.
We loved you through every sickness, every bump & bruise, every skinned knee and busted lip. Through times of correction and discipline. Through every failure and success. Through heartaches and difficulties. Through times of celebration and laughter.
Son, we have loved you through it all.
And that is what we so desperately want you to know. To remember. To never, ever forget.
You are loved.
No matter what your future holds.
You are loved.
Our love for you is not based on your works or successes, although we know you will have many.
It is not dependent on your ability to play ball or to obtain a college degree.
Our love for you is simply based on who you are – You are our son, and that makes you loved.
And as great as our love is for you, there is One whose love for you is even greater.
You know Him.
Son, don’t neglect spending time with Him. Taking your troubles to Him. Thanking Him for your blessings. Knowing you belong to Him. You are his child, and that truly makes you loved.