Someone made this beautiful video “for my babies,” with the Kingston Trio singing Turn Around.
There’s something poignant about still photographs. They go straight to the heart.
I’ve never had children, so I haven’t experienced the bittersweetness of raising them; but I was a child, so I can look at it through the other end of the telescope. Almost everyone who was part of my childhood is now dead. Even my two earliest friends. And almost all the places I knew as a child have been torn away and paved over. One becomes a stranger in the earth.
God’s word, God’s love, God’s power, God’s promises–the Lord alone is our defense. He alone can carry the burden with ease. Let this passage from the Bible, only one of many, suffice for the moment.
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven… that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
“Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing as God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.” –2 Corinthians 4:17-18, 5:1-5
Wrought us for the selfsame thing–God created us to have eternal life! That’s why we’re here.
And that whole business of goodness and sweetness passing away–that will have no place in His Kingdom.