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Monday, March 01, 2010

Lent, Day 11: I have stilled and quited my soul

Nurse - his name is JohnWhen you know God has designated your child to be a great prophet who will serve Him with his life, how do you proceed in raising him? Of course, we could easily ask the same question regarding the parenting of John's Cousin but I think maybe we should even ask the question for us who parent children born under less austere signs.

I've spent the last two days traveling from Florence to Heidelberg with Shelly and our four boys, each a fascinating world of his own. The terrain we've covered on our trip included grand imaginations, fierce tenacity, abundant information, and lots of engergetic explosions - I think the countryside might have been enjoyable as well.

I'd like to say that in all of this I soaked up every moment up, was exemplary in patience, and offered only gentle inspiration. Alas. Still, after 13 years of stumbling-in-the-dark parenting, I think I've learned that the art of knowing when not to do something is as important (if not more so) than the urge to do as much as I can.

I wonder if, as John grew up, Zachariah and Elizabeth found themselves perplexed at how to proceed in their task. Maybe, like me, they would at times just stop, and say, "I'm not sure I know how to proceed, or even if I should; he's yours more than mine, please take his hand and mine. Please."

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