Pomp and Circumstance fill the air throughout the country as college and high graduates embark on the next step of their life’s journey. My family has been privileged to celebrate such accomplishments with three of my six grandchildren. My daughter’s eldest son graduated summa cum laude from a university as the top graduate in chemistry. At age 21, he will soon begin another chapter of his educational aspirations as he enters a PhD program in chemistry. Her second eldest son also graduated with honors as the top student and valedictorian from his local high school.
Whereas, each of these graduations were joyful and tearful, so too was the graduation of my son’s eldest daughter from her local high school. However, the exultation was also filled with tears of sorrow. As her maternal grandparents reflected upon memories of her as a child, teen and now a young woman entering a new world, I was never fortunate enough to share in those memories. Because I have been estranged from or had an extremely strained relationship with my son for over 25 years, I was not involved in his two daughter’s lives. I’ve spent all these years apologizing for and seeking forgiveness on offenses I never knew I committed. My son was a blessing I prayed for and was thrilled to receive. Not having him and his family in my life has been a great sadness.
Now, as my granddaughter leaves home, I continue to pray I will be permitted to know the beautiful child whom became a lovely young woman. God knows the very depths of my heart. I trust He will restore that which has been withheld from me. Matt. 7:7 NIV, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find…”