Dear friends in Christ,
What are you having? No, it’s not down to the steak or the salmon. While both of those are deliciously pleasant thoughts, and I’d like one of each, people have been asking about the baby. When will we find out if we’re having a boy or a girl? Well, now we know! We’re having a boy! Josh is excited to have a little brother and as much as Leah wanted a little sister, she’s happy that God gave her another brother. We know she’ll be a great big sister!
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate” Psalm 127:3-5. What a wonderful reminder of how the Lord sees children. It’s a good encouragement to Alicia and I when we’re feeling a bit too old and overwhelmed for this, or wonder if we’re ready for 3. No, we certainly are not! Yet God says yes, and he gives us all of life’s challenges so that we may walk in him, depending on him to see us through it. He has provided for every day in the past and he will not stop. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end.
No matter the challenge or the daily struggle God will bless us. We are his children – his heritage. Through Jesus Christ our savior we are the heirs of his eternal heavenly kingdom. So, while we eagerly await the arrival of Benjamin Carlton DeHope this Maundy Thursday, we gather at the cross to receive God’s gifts of forgiveness and mercy placing our trust in him all our days.
God’s blessings on all YOUR days!
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Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30
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