IDENTIFICATION BADGE: HOPE AND ASSURANCE

Early this  morning I happened upon my spouse’s identification badge from 2012 when he was receiving proton therapy, a successful cancer treatment. I was not looking for it nor thinking about it or that period of time in our lives. Yet there it was within my reach. I think it was not an accidental find. I think it was a divinely planned moment, and when I held it and remembered all it represented, I understood.

My loving Father God was reminding me that He took care of my beloved through cancer ten years ago and He will take care of him now through this stroke. In that moment I knew again God’s  hope and assurance.

I am wearing the id badge today at the hospital where my spouse is a patient and where I spend my days. I have shared it with many including my spouse’s doctor. He commented, “The One Who was in charge then is still in charge now.” Amen and amen!

Best of all, I pointed out the badge to my beloved, who nodded in agreement when I explained my thoughts. He understood. We continue to live with hope and assurance.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”  (Hebrews 11:1)

FATHER’S DAY: LOVE & HOPE

Today is recognized as Father’s Day. I am pleased to commend all fathers who care for their children. I know one daughter whose father loves her and takes his role seriously. She is blessed because of this.

I recently received a photo of them together as they were smiling at one another. Expressions on my son’s and granddaughter’s faces clearly show their love that is real and strong. This kind of relationship between a father and a child helps a child to grow up with hope.

I’m grateful my granddaughter is growing up being loved and protected by the most important man in her life. One day he’ll likely have to share her love, but for now they will enjoy their special bond.

Thanks, Son, for being a caring daddy. I know you will always be the man our granddaughter needs who will be there for her no matter what the future brings. God has richly blessed you both, and I am blessed to share in your lives. I have hope for your future and will continue to pray for you both.

Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.” (Psalm 103:13)

“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1 Timothy 5:8)

“Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.”  (1 Corinthians 16: 13, 14)