An Empty Nester Finding A New Purpose

By: Lily Shawhan

My one and only son graduated from high school 5 months ago and has been living his life out in the world – without me. It has been hard not to see or talk to him every day. I enjoy my job, I am surrounded by my extended family, and I have many friends who love and support me. I find myself at times suddenly very sad and depressed, crying uncontrollably and without any warning. I miss my son very much and I pray for him every day. We stay in touch through texts and he knows that if he needs anything, I am here for him. I worry about his safety and the decisions he is making for himself when he is with his friends. I now understand what it must have been like for my mother when I moved out of the house to go and figure out my life in the world. I must believe and have faith in God to guide my son and keep him safe.

I would like to reference Matthew 7:7-8 from the King James Version that reads: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

If you are an empty nester and feeling anxious, remember to bring your burdens to God and trust that what you have asked for will come to pass in God’s timing and in God’s way.

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