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Topic: Hope (05/04/06)
TITLE: Like A Young Stallion
By Darlene Casino
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His rebellion was first noted the summer before his fourteenth birthday. We lived in a small coastal community in New England. His friends were neighborhood kids with whom he had grown up. His ‘turf’ consisted of a half-mile radius from home, boarded on two sides by ocean. His first incident involved his confessing of smoking with the friends. Not long later we noted he hadn’t taken communion during the Sunday Service. He then became resistant to going to church, though we prevailed. The weekend of his fourteenth birthday he ran away. We learned early on that he was at a friend's house and demanded he return home for Sunday dinner. He told us that he was more restricted than his friends to which we assured him of our love. “Love isn’t everything.” He responded. So we agreed to disagree. His junior year of high school was probably the most challenging one for all of us. There were the times he came home drunk and we suspected some drug use. By the senior year of school, he seemed to settle down and he made the decision to go into the Air Force after graduation. During those years, we felt as if we were raising a young stallion
who spent a great deal of time rearing up in resistance? As we secured the tether in one direction, he would rear off in the opposite one.
Our son left for his military duty with high hopes. He was now his own man, free
to do all that he desired. For five years he learned lessons under the tutelage of people
who had no particular love for him. There were many positive experiences and also some very painful trials! Having entered the service just weeks after surgery to repair a ruptured
eardrum, he developed an infection. This was not immediately treated which led to more surgeries in Colorado, Hawaii, and Germany. When he was discharged, he had loss of hearing that resulted in a disability. Through all the good and the bad, we supported him in prayer and put our hope in the Lord for his wellbeing.
After living for a while in England, our stallion returned home, now a man. Not long after his arrival, I noticed he seemed withdrawn and very sad. Finally an opportunity presented itself so that we could talk. I pressed to know what was wrong. “Mom, I’m gay.”
That was twenty years ago! Much to my surprise, the sun rose the next day, my heart continued beating and life went on. Our family survived and grew with new daughters-in-law and grandbabies added to our fold. There have been many challenges and choices, but there’s been love and laughter as well. Through our loved one’s life, we have time and again witnessed the mercy and provisions of our loving heavenly Father. No, he has not repented nor has he turned away from his lifestyle. And he has endured some consequences. But God is not finished with him yet! So we keep on praying, and place all our hope in His Ways and His Word. “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4
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