A sunny spring afternoon in 1941, two young women, sisters and both expectant mothers, were shopping together for baby clothes in the Kress 5 &10 Cent Store. Kate, the younger sister, was due anytime in the next 10 days. Dot had just recently learned she was expecting in October. The sisters had lived and worked together until their marriages the year before. In 1939 their parents had passed away. Dot married Frank, a successful local farmer. Frank had hired a young man named Jim to work for him. The four met and my family legacy began. That very afternoon, Kate began to experience signs that she was going into labor. A cab was called by one of the store clerks, Dot called their husbands, and the two women headed to the hospital.
A long night of labor lay ahead for 25 year old Kate. By early dawn on April 13th, Easter Sunday morning, she held a little (more…)
Jesus was about to be arrested and He knew it was going to happen. He knew who had betrayed Him and knew the terrible persecution He was about to face. Jesus predicted His death several times to His disciples.
In Luke 18:31 Jesus took the twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.”
They didn’t understand. When John, Peter and James followed Jesus to the Mount of Olives, He said to them, (more…)
The lights lowered as the worship team walked onto the stage. The spotlight came up and a young man stepped into the center of it and began to sing into the microphone.
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,” Chris’ voice rang out.
The musicians began to play. The instruments, the voice, those beautiful words melded together, filling the sanctuary with the melody of praise. Sweet tears filled my eyes as I (more…)
“Ten little fingers “…ten tiny toes.”
My heart melted at the sound of my son’s voice. I grasped the phone tightly, trying to bring him closer. “Mom,” Robert said in almost a whisper, “She is beautiful.” In that moment, hearing of the birth of our second grandchild, the first girl, a new love burst open in my heart. Sight unseen, not yet holding her, the sheer force of this thing called love grew.
I was in Louisiana on a business trip, checking in by phone as the family anxiously and happily anticipated the arrival of Loren Marie. Robert let me know both mother and child were doing fine. He was basking in the warmth of a new love that only a father can understand. A new love that weighed in at 7 ½ lbs. and was sleeping peacefully in his arms. This new little human, so unaware of life, totally dependent on her parents, had no concept that she was now miraculously the most important person in the world to her mommy and daddy. Robert knew.
He knew they would love her, care for her and guide her through life. That baby girl is a young woman now. She is a teacher, a lover of words and books, independent, talented. She was well launched into adulthood by her parents.
God is love.
Loren was born on Valentine’s Day. It is the day we symbolize with a heart: a day to remind us and for us to celebrate the loves in our lives.
I am reminded of the very first Bible verse I learned as a small child. In 1 John 4:8 it says “God is love.”
Loren was our second grandchild. There are now 11 grandchildren in the family and with each one my heart has grown to hold the love they bring into my life. If you are a grandparent, you know exactly what I mean.
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body, and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It’s amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous and how well I know it,”
Psalm 139: 13-14
A few days ago Loren posted the following question on Facebook: ‘If you write an Autobiography, how would you describe the intersection of our first meeting?” Her father’s prompt response was: “Ten little fingers” ten tiny toes. I read his response with a smile and tear as I recalled tender, precious memories of a joyful day.
Our family is blessed with an abundance of grands. There is great joy and great chaos when we gather. Yet as much as we grandparents and parents love those children, God loves them more.
We are all unique, created by our heavenly Father. His love for us knows no bounds. He gave us life and life eternal through His son Jesus Christ.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life,” John 3:16, ESV
I pray as you read these words that you know God’s love. Do you have a special memory of your children or grandchildren being born?
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When there are time delays in our lives, like Mary and Martha we often cannot discern what God is doing.
“Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he heard that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.” John 11:5-6
There was a two-day delay before Jesus said to His disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” The story of Lazarus was a display of God’s power over death.
Delta Airlines considers me a “Million Miler.” The term is used for frequent flyers. Air travel was a constant in my life for many years. Time delays were a part of a road warrior’s baggage. They were never convenient and always out of my control. Weather, mechanical problems or the delayed arrival of airline personnel could keep planes from departing on time. I learned to trust that airline staff knew best. They knew whether or not circumstances would permit safe flying, and if they had enough competent personnel on board and on the ground.
When you allow yourself to travel in a metal tube that takes you thousands of miles into the air and deposits you hundreds of miles from home, you must be able to trust the decision makers. They know a great deal more than you about air travel.
There have been many in my life: prayers that did not seem to be answered, a son in prison, illness, family, financial matters, sorrows and more. God alone knew what needed to be accomplished in me, in others and in the circumstances.
I have time tables that I want things to work in, but God does not operate on a time schedule. He created time, just as He created you and me.
When, not if, you find yourself in a divine delay, can you put your trust in Him?
God may not accommodate your schedule, but you can be assured He is working to get your flight ready. Your life Pilot is in charge and will let you know when it is time for arrival and departure.
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