Saturday, January 14, 2006

Parting is such sweet sorrow

A dear young friend, Renae, left this morning for a semester of college in Costa Rica. One of her double minors/emphases is in Spanish and this semester allows her "real-life" immersion experience.

Her plane left at 6:51 a.m., but even at that early hour she had three girlfriends, her boyfriend, parents and myself to see her off. Her two brothers couldn't be blasted out of bed, but apparently did wake long enough to say goodbye before Renae left the house.

Renae's adventurous spirit allows her to see only the excitement and new experiences of the trip. Her parents, on the other hand, see all too clearly the potential pitfalls. Costa Rica may be the most stable Latin American country, but what foreign country is ever stable enough for loving parents seeing their daughter off for a six month trip?

Dear Heavenly Father, Over and over we see the Old Testament Your statement to the patriarchs that You would be with them - no matter where You were sending them. You are the God who lives in believers, and are with us wherever we are. Please watch over Renae and keep her safe on her sojourn. Lead her to Christian friends, a Bible-believing church to provide opportunities to learn and to minister, and to personal revival as she experiences more of the world-wide body of Christ. Grant her parents peace, reminding them that Renae is Your child as well, and that You can meet her needs before she even knows them. Bring her back to us not only with stories of the culture and classes she has taken, but with testimony of Your watchcare, provision and power.
In Jesus' name, Amen

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