October 18

Written by Bill Grandi on October 18th, 2021

As a parent, you love and raise your child(ren) to let them go. You discipline them when they need it. You laugh with them. You cry with them when their heart is broken. You let them spread their wings. And then you let them fly. But through it all…you love them fiercely. You watch them grow into fine, principled young women (in my case). You watch them become good at what they do. You smile when they marry. You are sad if they divorce.

But no father, to quote Theoden from Lord of the Rings, “should ever have to bury his own son.” We were spared that sadness last week, but it is hard to watch your child suffer, no matter the age. I told Jo just this past Friday that it is still hard to believe that Tami had a heart attack.

But, it happened, and I don’t want to sound calloused, I still did not despair. I knew she was in good hands, the BEST. Then today I read Psalm 112:1 and also verse 7: “Praise the Lord! Blessed is the person who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments…He will not fear bad news; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”

I have an online friend whose husband has gone through several heart procedures. While there is concern, there is no fear. And while there was obvious concern for Tami’s health, there was no fear. She’s in better hands than I have ever given her…the Father’s. And in those hands she will stay. And in those hands I will let her lie.

“Father, thank You that Your hands are strong and sure and enfolding.”


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S. says:

    As a parent, it is hard to take your hands off the wheel of your children’s lives so to speak. It can be even more difficult when your realize you never really had the wheel to begin with.
    Your perspective, as hard as it is to accept sometimes, is the right one.
    Knowing that God is the one who ultimately is in control doesn’t remove the concern, but can take away the fear.
    Praying for a speedy recovery!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I do like your analogy Ryan of the wheel. Sort of like driver’s ed. Trusting the One how is ultimately in control is the right way.

  2. Amen, Bill! No fear, only trust that our loved ones are in God’s most capable hands. Will continue to pray for Tami.