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The Slow Let-Go

Parents have 938 weeks to prepare their kids for the world. 938. My wife and I are down to 23. Our daughters turn eighteen this spring. They will enroll in college. They will dip their pens into the ink well of life and write a story uniquely their own. Meantime, I helplessly peer through the hourglass as the sand dwindles at startling speed. I want to reach for it and flip it over; reset it. Try again. Change. It’s equal parts exciting and excruciating. My friend Steve reached out to me recently and asked, “How can I pray for you?” This struck me as wonderful not only because he was thinking of me, but because Steve has been battling cancer …