There is nothing stronger than the love of a parent. And no parent has too many children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren.

We just spent 2 days going through photographs and making picture boards of my father-in-law. The best pictures were of him holding each grandchild after they were born. His face seemed even happier in the pictures with his newborn great-grandchildren. No matter what we did, he never stopped loving us.

Judges 17:2, “One day he said to his mother, ‘I heard you place a curse on the person who stole 1,100 pieces of silver from you. Well, I have the money. I was the one who took it.’ ‘The Lord bless you for admitting it,’ his mother replied.” New Living Translation

This mother showed how quickly we forgive our children after they admit their sin and make restitution. We want them to do the right thing because we know their actions are seeds they are planting. We want them to only harvest good things.

At visitation I witnessed the harvest from John’s life. It was not diamonds, gold or land but friends whom I had never met that hugged me as if their life depended on it. When asked for memorabilia, we had difficulty thinking of something to set out. He didn’t invest in things; he invested in people. He was a good man and he was kind to others. They, in turn, were especially kind to us in our grief.

Dear Father God,

Thank You for laughter during tears. Thank You for a family that holds us close when we feel liked falling. Thank You for friends that bring joy to our hearts even in grief. Thank You for never letting us walk alone. 

In Jesus Name,


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