I've been reading "Candles in the Dark" by Amy Carmichael this week. She was a missionary in India for 55 years, and in all those years she never returned home to the UK for a break. She opened an orphanage and a mission there, where many children were loved and cared for over the years. They were rescued from either death or a life of prostitution. Children were always close to her heart. I read this lovely piece of prose, to be taken to heart by every mother, grandmother, auntie and by every mother to be.
"To a young mother. This morning, I was reading in Luke, and as I read of the angels' joy over the birth of our Saviour and thought of their joy over everyone born again into the Kingdom, I felt sure they rejoice over every precious little life born into a family of true lovers of our Lord. And I thought how to each little one an angel is given. How little we know of these heavenly things, but I do like to think of the angel prepared for your little treasure and, above all, to think of what has been prepared for that little one 'before the foundation of the world'. How much more there is in a baby than just sweetness and the appealing innocence of baby days. All the great thoughts of God lie behind that little life, all the great purposes. Ephesians chapters 1 and 2 tell of these. The more one ponders, the more one wonders."
May you have opportunities to phone, visit, or even give a hug to those who are precious to you.
It made me think also about youngest son, back at university now for another term. On Monday morning, when I was praying for him, God gave me these wonderful words, as if they were printed in gold, just for me.
"Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall."
Instead of 'burdens', I inserted the names of my children here, as I prayed for them, and had a real sense of God protecting each one of them - and their parents!
God bless you my friend.