A Liturgy for the one whose son or daughter is off to College

Oh, sweet soul
I see you
With such hope for your child
While holding hands with sadness at sending them on their brave way

You are teaching them to fly
Yet, let’s also honor the grief that accompanies goodbye

Much pouring out – physically, financially, spiritually, emotionally – for one you love and believe in

As you enter this new season, be it an empty home or with other kids still in the nest
Please also give yourself permission to fly

Cry and laugh
For, you, dear one,
Are worth the time you’ve given
To take flight
And begin something anew.