My oldest daughter Hannah Menslage just graduated Stratford High School- class of 2015! Hannah and I have always been close and while I’m extremely proud of her accomplishment, I have to admit that it will be very difficult for me when she goes to college.
Being a widowed father of four, I have had the tremendous responsibility of trying to fill the roles of both mother and father. It has been very trying to say the least, but by the grace of God I have survived thus far. I know during this time I’ve been blessed by the prayers of many saints, and without them I wouldn’t have raised such wonderful children.
I’ve made many mistakes along the way, but I’ve always loved my children deeply. Now my second will be attending college in the fall and I will have two in high school. God tells us in Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”
I’ve tried to instill in my children the foundations of the faith, and I’m joyous to say that they all received Christ as their Lord and Savior at an early age. As they grow older and start their lives, I can only pray that they will continue to grow in Christ.
I know many parents share the same feelings as do I. But at the end of the day, we parents only have our children for a little while, and we can only hope that they will follow the path that God has laid out before them.
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.” – 2 Timothy 2:13
Joseph R. Menslage
Fort Bend Christian Magazine