I had a bit of a moment this weekend. To celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, we re-visited the hills we had explored when we decided to get married. We even took the same route we had taken all those years ago.
On the hill, overlooking one of my favourite places in the world, I was acutely aware that the most important period of our most important role in life is almost over. Our children have grown up.
Hope has completed her first year at university, Peace is about to leave home for college and Mercy is 17 in a few months time. It’s not that you ever finish parenting – it’s simply that the role you play in your children’s lives changes and we are entering a new phase.
I was aware too that the most important wish I had for them when they were born was that they would each know and love Jesus for themselves, which they do. I felt overwhelmed by God’s love and faithfulness across the years.
I am also aware that our marriage is entering a new phase too. We have been preparing for life without our children at home, talking together about our future – the hopes and desires that we have – and about God’s plans and purposes for us.
It was so good to look out across the hills and vales and know that He has been faithful for so long and that He will continue to be so throughout the years ahead.