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Vol. 6 No. 20 May 12, 2003
With his first step we knew life would never be the same. We knew from that point on he would be exploring the world, growing more independent, testing the limits, and becoming his own person. As he took that first step his mother and I prayed: “God lead him, protect him, and help him to get back up when he falls.” That was a long time ago.
With another step he walked into the world of education. We were cautious about leaving him too soon as it was a new city for us all. He had never met the teacher, he had never been to the school, and he did not know another child in the class. But, when we opened the door and the teacher greeted him, he stepped in, waved good-by and walked off into the class.
With another step he walked into the world of sports. With one step he learned to play basketball. With one step he crossed home plate. With another step he headed down the soccer field. With another step he tackled the quarterback. Step by step he played, we watched. One step at a time he learned to play and eventually learned to give a play by play.
With another step he walked into the world of spiritual things. He heard the message. His heart was touched. He was convicted that a decision must be made. He walked into the water and was raised to new life.
With another step he walked into the world of relationships. Friendships. Romantic relationships. Spiritual relationships. Work relationships. Some were good relationships and have lasted through the years. Others were not so good and lasted only a short time. He learned to love, to encourage, to give, and to receive.
With another step he walked into the world of responsibility. He learned to work hard. He learned deal with frustrations on the job. He learned to be a person of his word. He learned honesty and integrity.
With another step he walked into the world of tragedy. He had known hurt and disappointment. He had known what it meant to lose. But he had never known this kind of hurt and he had never known this kind of loss. As he took this step he learned to deal with anger, and bitterness, and grief.
With another step he walked into the world of the university. He found his direction and listened to heart. He eventually found his passion and began to pursue it. He studied hard, but not too hard. He enjoyed his time. He made new friends and maintained old friends. He searched his heart and stretched his mind. He broadened his horizons and developed his dream.
Now, with another step he has crossed the stage and received his degree. He is headed out into the world to work, to make a difference, to start his own family. As he took those steps across the stage his mother and I prayed, as we have done with every step he has taken: “Dear God, lead him, protect him, and help him to get back up when he falls.”
Dear God, lead us, protect us, and help us get back up when we fall.
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