Is your heart breaking today? Can we pray for you?
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).
What joy to hold your new born after the pain of child birth! What love flows from a mother’s heart as the nurse gently lays this precious gift of life into her arms. What joy I felt as I held my sons in my arms and kissed their sweet faces. As I rocked them and thanked God for them I imagined great things. I dreamt of success and happiness as I knew they would impact the world for Christ just as they touched my heart.
As our eyes met I prayed for God’s divine protection and plan to prosper in their lives and my heart rejoiced over their future. God’s Word warns us of the evil seeking to destroy and kill all that is precious in His sight! And yet, we hold these precious lives God has entrusted to us in such innocence, thinking it can never happen to us, to our families, or to our children.
At an early age I began praying for children and a family of my own, and God was faithful to answer those prayers. Never, not once did I imagine I would be visiting my son in a prison institution. Not once did I dream one would have a drinking problem and find himself in a dark and lonely place with all of his dreams crashing down on him.
There was never a time or a thought of my son’s not being all I knew they could be or fulfilling the plans God had for them. And yet, in all of the sin, temptations and disappointment this world throws at us it happened…it became a tragic reality. The overwhelming sorrow from divorce, court rooms, prison cells, visiting centers, counseling, and the reality of what Satan seeks to do to us and our families is more than any parent’s love can fathom.
There were many weekends I cried all the way home from my visit with my son over his circumstances and loss. There were days it felt as if it would never end and we would be in this state forever. With every New Year I would hope and pray for healing and freedom from worry, stress, disappointment, and fear from what had become of us – our family. As I stood by watching my sons throw their lives and dreams away crying out to God to save them I realized I would have to surrender them and my dreams, and allow God to work out their salvation and bring them home again.
They had accepted Christ at an early age, I knew they were saved and God would not let them go. We are born into this world but we don’t need to become the things of this world. As I thought more about this process my heart was touched with the truth of God’s love. He holds us dear to his heart as he births us into existence with great plans for us.
As he releases us into this world his concern for our well-being is dear to his heart because he knows of all the evil that awaits us. As he watches from above we become more independent and self-sufficient as he peers down with great concern for our safety. In his love for us he provided a perfect plan for our salvation through his precious Son, Jesus Christ. With each day I cling to God’s promises found in His Word, and to His faithfulness and mercy he lovingly lavishes upon parents crying out for their children and families salvation.
“Praise to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith- of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed” (I Peter 1:3-7).
Questions: Are you struggling with a deep pain in your life? How are you involving God in this pain?