Now looking at this photo of five innocent, smiling, young children – John joined Peter, Paul, Mary Beth, and Cathy almost three years after Peter’s birth – I thought of a friend’s wise words: “If we knew the future, we would despair.” Is that why God calls Himself “I Am?” Is that why He counsels us to live within the day, neither regretting yesterday, or frantically worrying about tomorrow? God knows how fragile we are. He holds our entire life in His Hands, knowing its length, knowing how He will use to the good every moment of our existence, the ones full of joyous light as well as the ones filled with the darkness of impenetrable pain. He knows the “Whys” of everything that happens. He walks behind us, beside us, before us, the Source of our Strength and our Salvation.
I look at the photos of my family, all of us saved forever by the camera in a time of youth and joy, and silently re-place all of us in the safety of His Hands. Faith tells me that we are always there, held tenderly, lovingly, by Him. I simply need, in Faith, to remember that we are.
Scripture Prayer: Psalm 28
The Lord is the strength of His People, a fortress where His anointed find salvation. Save Your people; bless Israel, Your heritage. Be their shepherd and carry them forever.