Friday, January 11, 2013

No love story without loss, and gain

Ann Voskamp writes that the miraculous thing about miracles is that miracles really do happen! She writes today at A Holy Experience about raising a boy.

How does she raise a squalling boy-child into a man? What can a woman know about raising a man?
And, there is only a limited amount of time in which to do it. As her sixteen-year-old son leaves on a jet plane for the jungles of Indonesia, he has been led by the role modeled for him by his father.
He’s made his life about showing you what real leadership is: not climbing higher towards power and status, but bending down in prayer and service.

It’s only when you trust He loves you that you really begin to live. Really, count a thousand blessings more, never stop. Why wouldn’t you want joy? Sing to no one and everyone on the front porch in the rain and laugh so much they question your sanity. Pet the dog long.

You’ll see your true self when you look for your reflection in the eyes of souls not the glare of screens.

This parenting gig’s an experiment in radical grace and the work of every parent is to fully give to the child.

And it’s the work of every child to fully forgive the parents. This is how it turns, the torch passing from one to the next.

I will never stop loving and letting you go. A mother and child live the first great love story and there is no love story without loss, and this is always gain.

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