Friday, January 11, 2013

A Tree Planted By the Water

Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV)

No matter how old our children are or where they live, parents have concerns for their well-being. I knew our daughter was facing difficult circumstances due to illness of two of their four children, so we prayed for her and her husband as well as for the children.

Her Christmas card, with the family newsletter, arrived and began with, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” Along with the best of times she told the recipients that in the past year her younger daughter had been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, and five months later her older son was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Both diseases have no cure and her children are teenagers. They are beginning a lifetime of a “new normal.”

Our daughter has been a stay-at-home mom and has invested a lot of herself into their well-being. My concern was, “How would she deal with this.”
After reading her letter, I realized that she would be fine because she depends on God to sustain her. It ended with, “As we head into a new year to face whatever God has for us, whether easy or difficult, we remember this verse.”
The above verse followed in the newsletter.

Her faith blesses her family, and her parents.

Thank you dear Lord that you know us and will care for us and our children. Amen

©2013 Mary Burkey

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