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There are three verses that I have been thinking about a lot this week, as my grand-twins, grand-big-brother and I keep plugging away at our Fruit of the Spirit summer project. (Well, technically it’s eight verses – or two verses and a passage 🙂 ) They are all wrapped into one of the songs we’ve been learning for our project. I Walk By Faith by Chris Folson is a fun praise and worship song for grandma and grandkids alike and it includes quotes from each of the three verses. We’ve had a great time learning the song and singing it together as we continue to “hide God’s Word in our hearts.” In focusing on this song over the last few days, I realized how encouraging they are for all of us in the Sandwich Generation.
We don’t always understand why things happen the way they do. Why Grandma got Alzheimer’s Disease, why granddaughter has Spina Bifida, why Uncle George is struggling after his third stroke. Why all these things happened so close together. They do, though, to so many. Particularly in our Baby Boomer Generation. The question isn’t “why.” The question is, “what.” What can we do about it? We can prayerfully seek to keep our eyes fixed on God, putting one foot in front of the other, and taking care of whatever needs doing each day.
We walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
What happens if one or more of our beloveds develops dementia of some kind, arguing with us unreasonably, yelling untruths about us from a mind clouded in a fog. God holds us close and tells us,
“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD. Isaiah 54:17
There are days when we feel so alone, so lonely, and as if the world is coming against us. That’s when we can grab hold of the book of Romans, particularly the 8th chapter, and hunker down and dwell in it. I often like to write out verses and carry them with me to “snack” on them. Romans 8:31-35 is wonderful for that:
If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Romans 8:31-35
If you’re in the midst of a difficult circumstance, feel free to join me in printing these out and carrying them with you. If you’re in a quieter, more peaceful moment, cherish it! And prepare for any future rapids that may carry you into rushing water by hiding these blessed Words of God in your heart. In that case, my grandsons and I invite you to join us in that project as well with this fun video.
Grab a grandkid or five and learn it with them. Have fun singing it at the top of your lungs, making up fun hand and feet motions, knowing you are tucking vital truths into your heart and the hearts of your grandkids. What better way to spend time! 🙂