Monday, December 4: For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my confidence from my youth. Psalm71:5 (NASB)

Last Christmas, our son and daughter-in-law made the long trip from Pflugerville, TX to Kokomo, IN. It was wonderful to have family at home. They surprised us with the joyful announcement that our first grandchild would be born in the summer. It brought back thoughts of our own babies and the joy each brought – and the sadness too.

Our first, Abby, was a cheerful little sprite always on the move. Our next two came as a set. Tyler first, with Jenny a minute later. Tyler was wide-eyed and curious; Jenny’s eyes were calm and full of knowledge.At three months old, Jenny succumbed to a heart defect. And we werecrushed.

Then, 2 years later, another bright ray was Mary. She was the child whoalways wanted to cuddle And so, life was busy with school, activities, and jobs. But Jenny was always in our thoughts. What if she had lived? What would she have accomplished?

And now, our grandson Lucas is here with his quirky little smile. I wove a basket bassinet for him. A friend from our congregation made a liner and created one of her beautiful quilts. He sleeps well in his little bed surrounded by love.

Children and the cycle of life are indeed full of hope. God is with us always, in our joys and sorrows. He gives us hope for our future in the lives of our blessed children.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the blessings of children and the hope you give us for our lives.

Amy – Inspire. Ignite. Invite.
Christ Lutheran Church, Kokomo, IN