When your eleven-year old daughter dramatically states that this was the worst year of her life, your heart turns over and your ears tune in. “Why?” You gently pry as all good mommas should. The words come tumbling out. You listen and pray you can respond in a way that will reach to the bottom of her soul. You find your thoughts echoing her pain. How to encourage this child on the brink of such a challenging life in a troubled world?
The news of this year has shattered her innocence. Paris, the beautiful city she admires from afar, Planned Parenthood selling baby body parts when her biggest wish has always been another living, breathing sibling, and much closer to home, her beloved young aunt fighting stage four cancer, papa’s constant battle with chronic pain and illness, and the death of her far-away great grandfather whom she had a great wish to meet.
“But I’ve had a lot of fun times, too, Momma.” I breathe an inward sigh of relief. In a desperately awful year, I have striven to find a path for joy, gratitude, and the wonder of being alive to enjoy God’s creation and the air He grants us to breathe. Maybe all is not lost. All those moments of saying, well, the car may be broken, but look how God has provided rides to where we need to go. Or, God cares for your aunt and hears the cry of the humble. Finally, King Jesus will fix this broken world in a way we can’t even imagine. I could hear the hope in her voice as she remembered the blessings.
Thanking God for our blessings and remembering His promises of future justice has kept me sane in an insanely awful time in our lives and in the history of our nation. To remind you of our future hope:
“There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. His delight is in the fear of the LORD, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears; but with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waist. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf, and the young lion, and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:1-6….. Even so, come quickly, LORD Jesus!…