Pride And Sadness

I'm getting a little choked up just thinking about this as I write. I'm looking at giant piece of paper in our dining room filled with a list of pros and cons for two colleges. Over the weekend my wife and I sat with our middle son to think through, and discuss, which would be the best college for him to attend this coming Fall. I can't believe I'm having to do this again. My heart is still recovering from sending my daughter off to college, and now I have to do it again - and these colleges are how far away!? I am feeling a deep pride in the young man that my son has become and a growing sadness about sending him off to begin his adult life.Pride and sadness as a Father. It makes me wonder if that's what God the Father felt during the week of His Son's Passion. Only a short time before Jesus final week, the Father has made it patently clear how proud He was of His Son on the Mount of Transfiguration when Matthew 17:5 describes, "A bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, 'This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!'" But how deep the sadness must have been to peer down from heaven and see the agony of His Son on a cross, crying out "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me!?" In the same way I know I have to make my way through my pride and sadness in order to release my son on a course toward manhood, so God the Father was willing to make His own way through pride and sadness in order to release His Son Jesus to us in order to pursue a course that would "bring many sons to glory."