This is the last time I'll walk John - or any of my kids - to the bus stop. John hits 6th grade next year, and he'll be too cool for me to walk to the bus. We've taken a lot of walks with John in the last few years. Some were really tough walks. Walks to radiology or back to ICU with a breathing tube in his throat. Walks to surgery and to the doctor's office. Walks in a wheel chair or on a stretcher. Sometimes the walks went through the air! I've learned that I'll never forget those walks. Sometimes I wake up and think about them. Sometimes I'm at my desk and those difficult walks appear in my memory. I dont' want to dread them, but embrace what God is teaching me through them.
But this walk is a reaaallllly good walk. It's a walk of accomplishment and blessing (although not without a few tears!).
There's a lot of memories in this walk. Many of you have prayed for John over the years, and you've got a lot invested in this walk. There were times when John didn't make that walk with me, and we prayed that he would. He's come so far.
The walks will change now. There'll be graduation walks and walks down the aisle. Hopefully more walks down the beach or to the creek. But I do pray that in all of these walks, we'll be walking with God. I hope that John has learned that, and hopefully so have I. That is the walk that truly changes things.