A friend recently commented on Facebook that he is packing up one of his kids, getting ready for that son to go out into the world. He's both excited and nervous and this is my comment back to him:
As the mother of 8 kids, three of which ARE out in the world, I can reassure you, IT NEVER GETS EASY! I know, you're thinking, "Great! Way to encourage a dad!" But the thing is, if it were easy, there would be a question of our love for our kids...I mean, that's a piece of you leaving for the first time! There will be a sort of grieving that occurs and that's okay!
When my oldest son went to Boot Camp in the Navy, we couldn't call or talk to him for almost 5 weeks! It was the most difficult time for our large family since we had been so close. What we didn't know was that two years later, when our son went to Iraq, we went several weeks without hearing from him, not knowing if he was out on a mission, had been attacked or if he was in trouble! But the Lord is our reassurance that when we send our kids out into the world, even if WE can't watch out for our kids, God still sees their EVERY move!!
Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is older, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
Don't you see that children are God's best gift? (Psalm 127:3 MSG)