Dear PBA Sailfish Parents:
When I was a child, I remember often receiving a handwritten letter from my Grandpap. I don’t recall any profound words per say. But the tangible letter in the mailbox was always something I looked forward to receiving because it showed that my Grandpap “saw me” and remembered my name. My joyful expectancy was probably helped by the fact that he would often tape a silver quarter to the bottom of the letter!
You may not have a silver quarter to tape to a letter, but the following instructions will guide you and give you an opportunity to let your son and daughter know that you “see” them. Just as Jesus saw Nathaniel coming to Him (John 1.44-51), He sees you and your son or daughter.
You have words, poems and pictures in your heart to share. This is way to surprise your son/daughter with a handwritten note---written today, but mailed later.
I sometimes refer to this time as a Bethel moment or a marker day. Technically a moment of liminality—a threshold and transition time. But most of all, it is simply a day in your ongoing journey when you dropped your student off at Palm Beach Atlantic University and entrusted them in even deeper ways into the care and hands of God who “sees” them and knows them by name.
PBA is blessed to have an amazing Parents Council and prayer network of parents. You as parents and caregivers are now becoming part of this longstanding tradition at PBA. Regardless of your present geography—either dropping your son or daughter off on site on campus….or virtually doing so….God knows. God sees. He sees you and your sons and daughters!
INSTRUCTIONS for Parents Prayer Letter Writing exercise:
Thanks for participating in this letter writing PBA tradition which has impacted both parents and students over the years!
The prayers and words of encouragement we lay down now are some of the paver-stones upon which our students will walk in the days ahead!
Grace and peace,
Director of Campus Ministries & CM Global
Instructor of Intercultural Studies