“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Begotten Son that whoso should believe in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
As a father, one of the hardest things you have to do is to send your children off to fend for themselves. This can be sending them off to school for the first time, or having them go away to college. Whatever it is, there are many times when our children must leave us.
I can only imagine what it must’ve been like for our Heavenly Father to send his beloved Son to this world, knowing what He would have to do, knowing the things He would have to suffer. When we send our children off, we do not know the challenges they will have to face, nor the things that they might suffer. But we can do our part support them even while they’re away.
One of the greatest things a father can do to prepare his son or daughter to leave is to set a good example for them. Jesus said that he only did the things that he’d seen his father do. “I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.” (John 3:28)
You can also let your children know that you are proud of them and that you approve and believe in them. Our Heavenly Father did this with His Son such as time after Jesus was baptized by John, the heavens opened and heard a voice saying “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.”
Even though we may not always be able to watch over our children, we can at least take comfort in the fact that they have another Father in Heaven will always watch over them.