This time last year I was preparing to join Pastor Claire on a border immersion trip with a group of Davidson College students. We went to San Diego/Tijuana and learned about immigration and discussed the many issues that are part of the immigration system. As part of that we learned about how many people risk their lives trying to cross into the United States to find a better life. There are groups that leave water, food, and clothing in strategic places to help those who may find themselves suffering through the heat of the desert sun.
I was recently thinking about how there are kinds of border crossings among our children as they move from stage to stage in life. They may not find that they are risking their lives to move from childhood to adolescence and from adolescence to adulthood but it can be a frightening and stressful time. I wonder how we are leaving water behind for them to help them in their journey.
As you consider the needs of your children it is important to realize that we will not always be there for them in person but that we can leave resources for them along the way to help them in their journey. I want to focus on the spiritual. The best resource I know of is the living water of faith in Jesus Christ. There were times when my children were young that I would leave them random notes to remind them of my love for them. I also want to remind them of God’s love for them. I want them to remember that they are not alone. I want them to know God’s peace. I want them to feel the strength and encouragement that comes from walking with Jesus. So I am leaving them water in the form of notes and reminders – bible verses, encouraging texts, messages on their mirror, etc. Hopefully this “living water” will be helpful to them as they face whatever struggles are ahead of them today and tomorrow.
Next week begins the season of Lent. A great Lenten practice would be to leave an encouraging note or short bible verse for your child(ren) to read each day. Think about it.
To God be the Glory!
P.S. Another group of college students is leaving tomorrow for the Arizona/Mexico border. Please pray for their safety and for the safety of those in the desert.