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Topic: Bon Voyage (09/05/05)
TITLE: Early Morning Wake-up Call
By Garnet Miller
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At first, only a few travelers come. One will yawn, while the others clear remnants of last night’s sleep from their eyes. All of them shiver as the early morning blast of frigid air blows through their hair, signifying that autumn is not far off. Maybe tomorrow they’ll remember to come laden with jackets, but I doubt it. They scarcely think past the present day’s events.
I used to keep watch over them from time to time. Now, I entrust their young lives to the One who watches over us all every minute of the day. He is already standing at the corner before the first traveler shows up, but He loves to see that I know He’s there too!
At 6:30 a.m., the sleek yellow taxi finally arrives to pick up our “precious cargo”. The menagerie files on slowly and takes their seats. I smile and wave my good-bye. For the fourth time this week, they are whisked away to a destination we know all too well. At one time or another, we have all been privy to this “paradise”.
School must feel like work when you wake in the wee hours of the morning and return home so late in the day. Congratulations students! Secondary education has become a career.
In an effort to temper the early mornings and late evenings, mothers and fathers prepare a hot home cooked breakfast and serve it with love. We pack nourishing lunches to sustain the weary traveler for the afternoon’s arduous tasks. And, upon arrival at home, the dinner table and conversation await in order to help the young souls unwind from the day.
Despite comments to the contrary, parents really do care. God has given us a special assignment and we take it seriously. Children exemplify the future of our world. How will you send them out?
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