Our children often grow away from us. How painful it is to realize our children grow away from us, asserting independence from our wisdom and wishes. However deep the wounds and anxieties of these experiences, our children’s growth and self-determination speak to our love, care, and concern we invested in them. The end of this delicate dependence speaks to the setting of the course to which their lives must steer. The greatest example of this is marriage. In that union, our children become who they’re meant to be and step out on the foundation we have provided for them. It is our continuing prayer that the voices of their past and the voice of the Eternal attend and order the steps of their new life. There is perhaps no joy to match that of harmonious love in family where two generations are able to live not only in peace, but also in love.
From Gardner C. Taylor’s Faith in the Fire (pg. 110)