Friday, March 2, 2012

He knew us from our first moments

Psalm 22
9 Yet you brought me out of the womb;
you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
10 From birth I was cast on you;
from my mother’s womb you have been my God.

I always come back to the many and varied places God talks about pregnancy and babies when I am expecting. It's such a time of joy, but also one of apprehension. Is everything ok? Will everything be alright tomorrow, as well?

Our children are not in our hands. They are held tightly in the loving arms of their Heavenly Father, who knows them far more intimately then we can at any time. This is particularly evident while we wait patiently for them to grow and eventually come to rest in our arms.

What a comfort that even when times are tough that God reminds us that as he forms a baby In the womb He is with them.

Just as mysterious as a forming babe with faith is the tiny infant, brought to a second birth in baptism.

When reading about Psalm 22 it seems that David was in a time of great need. Things weren't going well. He opens the Psalm asking God why He has forsaken him. And yet, by the end, he proclaims again God's power and plan.

God has a plan for each of us, from the time we waited for birth to when we wait for our own children's births. The plan may not always be clear. It may not always be easy. Sometimes we stumble and fall and cry out, sure we are alone.

What a blessing that we aren't. No matter where we go or have gone, God is the God who knew us from our first moments and holds us safe in His hands.

Dear Lord, please help us remember that you are always with us and our families. Please help us live mindful of your love and forgiveness. In Jesus' name, amen.

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