Tis The Season

M.O.C.A.  (Mothers of College Age)

Hi, all,

Welcome to summer!
Ahh, summer…so many goods and so many bads…

It is a season mainly of transitions…and so here is a Facebook post I wrote yesterday about our most recent graduate and also about the season we are in with another leaving home soon as well as good friends moving…ahh, this season of life…

It’s not easy, is it?
But our God is faithful and true and will never leave us nor forsake us.

I am clinging to these promises of written Scripture, and I encourage you to do the same.
It’s okay if you cry as you read this.
I cry a lot.

And the Holy Spirit, the great Comforter, is faithful to care for my heart and for yours.  Grab a cup of coffee, the hand of a friend or several, and commit to praying for your loved ones in a safe, confidential environment. It’s what MOCA is all about.

Mothers of College Age. Let’s do this thing together!

What does this photo represent?

Among many things, it represents transition.
This is the time of year when people in military communities around the world pack up their earthly belongings and move to another location, whether it’s from state to state, overseas to state (and vice versa) or overseas to overseas post. It’s the time of year when high school and college students graduate and go on to the next phase of their lives. It’s a time when those left behind in each of those major life events deal with a loss and even a sense of grieving, and it’s a time when those who move on make adjustments to what used to be their normal to whatever a new normal looks like in their new homes.

When this man graduated from high school a few days ago, it was in one of the main landmarks of the city we currently call home: the Wiesbaden Kurhaus. This man is the fourth of five siblings, the “first of the second set,” one who has lived in Georgia, Japan, Louisiana, and for the past six years, Germany. He is ready for continuing his education at the university level in our home state. We are proud of him just as we are proud of the three older siblings and the younger brother.

This photo represents much to us, and as you reflect on the revolving door of job assignments, parenting seasons, children growing up and moving out of the house, and setting up the next home, may you be reminded of these truths from sacred Scripture.

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31: 6, 8 NASB)

With love,
Melinda Hemphill
Wiesbaden, Germany