No more teenagers!

December 2, 2011 at 8:38 pm 1 comment

Starting today, my wife and I will no longer have a “teenager” in the family since my son moves from “nineteen” to “twenty”. About a couple of years ago, we went from two to one (teenagers that is!) when our daughter became twenty, and today’s event completes another phase in our life after which we can no longer say “I have a teenager at home” – a watershed event in many a family!

My wife and I have been blessed to have our two children – Sam and Jerry. And while every child is special, and every type of parent-child relationship is special, there is something unique about the relationship between a father and a son (just as the relationship between a mother and daughter is unique – there are just some things only a female identifies with another and so on). My wife and I are blessed to have these kinds of relationships with our children, and it has been a privilege that we have enjoyed. With this event, we can officially move into having a real “adult” type relationship with both our children J

Talking of parent-child relationships, I am reminded that one of the very first recorded interactions between a father and his son as shown below:

Gen 22: 6-8 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

 This is a simple, yet poignant interaction that belies the underlying tension of the moment. God asks Abraham to sacrifice his only son – a miracle child who was born after a long, long wait – on a distant mountain. The father knows what is coming next: his only son is going to be killed, and that by his very own hand, and the child is now asking a very valid question that demanded an answer solely based on faith. Abraham, for all his wisdom and experience with God, did not know how God would provide a sacrificial lamb on a remote place such as this mountain. All he knew was that God would somehow provide, and went ahead, even up to the point of tying up his only beloved child, placing him on the altar and raising his knife to kill.

And this little interaction has a lot of lessons for you and me (I list just three below):

  • Abraham trusted in God implicitly, just as we are asked to. My wife and I don’t know what the future holds, both for us, and for our family – We do, however, know who holds the future. We know that God has plans for us: good plans, plans to prosper and not harm us (Jer 29:11), with a prosperity that is both internal and external (3 John 1:2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is prospering [getting along well])
  • Just as Abraham believed that God would provide, we know that our only source is God, and that He will provide for us through his enabling: of opportunity, strength and skills that He has given us (Psalm 18:34 He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze)
  • And in the context of this post, we know that we have to set an example for our children to follow, both in word and deed, just as Abraham did. Abraham must have raised his son right – the lad obeyed implicitly, even when he was being bound and placed on the altar

Coming back to the point: My son is officially done being a teen, starting today – a day when he launches into his “twenties”. We will help getting him started on this new phase in his life with our blessing and support.  And pray that we have set a good example for him to follow, just like Abraham.

So, with the same blessing we gave Sam, here’s to you Jerry:

Number 6:24-26 “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

Have a happy 20th. With many blessings and all our love!

John and Sharmila (Dad and Mom)


Entry filed under: Family, Life, Nature of God, Nature of Man.

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  • 1. pramod  |  December 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm phase of your life then 🙂


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