Last year I spoke at Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids. Monday Hannah and Daniel moved onto campus and joined the class of 2014. We like them being together and we like them being close to the family. It’s sad to see Wes and Dan separated. They have been inseparable buddies for years.
We bought them a few things they would need over their continual objections. They thanked us over and over again for the few simple things we did buy. As the sun set we prayed through happy tears, took a few last pictures, and drove away—commending them to God. They stood and waved until we were out of site. As dusk turned to night, one at a time, memories came of the joy of raising the two of them.
They are both middle children who learned to be happy sharing. They always shared rooms with siblings. Many of their clothes were worn by someone else first. They didn’t expect much and they were grateful for anything they had. They looked up to their older siblings and influenced the younger. Before we knew it they were beautiful young people, making their own way.
They both are sincerely following Christ and training to serve Him more effectively. On the trip home Lois and I felt the embrace of our Father and a warm wave of gratitude for the gift that Hannah and Daniel are to us.