THE TRUST ACCOUNT

"Dad, just show up at 9:30. That's all you have to do." Framed in the doorway, my son hesitated on his way to school one day last week. It was "Cocoa House" day. His class had been busy writing poetry for weeks, and on this morning they were sharing their creativity. Drinking cocoa, they would read their poetry to the rest of the class. My son lingered for a moment, waiting for a sign. I realized this moment was an opportunity for me to make one of those many small deposits in the trust account.

To be able to trust someone, especially for a child, is an important part of feeling whole. We all experience the need to trust. It grows out of our spiritual selves, and it is intimately connected to our faith. When our faith is strong, we give ourselves permission to let go of control and release ourselves from having to be the ultimate power in our lives. For me, this means being able to trust in something greater than myself. In the same way that I have learned to let go, I am encouraging my son to place his trust in me.

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