Grandma Again!

By Velma Amundson

I’m a grandma again. Our son’s wife gave birth to a healthy baby girl Nov. 16th, a day after Josh’s birthday! Less than a week later we received a phone call from them asking for help. They were exhausted, and needed me. Of course, I went. As I walked that new baby (her name is Sakura), I couldn’t help but think about Mary and Joseph in a strange city with no one to help them. Were they exhausted by a newborn that didn’t want to sleep, or that was fussy? (I know, we never think of Jesus being that way, but He was fully human, and I’m sure He cried like any other newborn). I wondered, did someone notice this new mother and offer help? I know Josh and Lizz expressed how much they appreciated my help for the week that I was there. Then, of course, I went home.

As I’ve pondered the miracle of this birth, I think of the Bible verse from Psalms 139:13, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb”, and Jeremiah 1:5a “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” The Jeremiah verse is the calling of Jeremiah, but it fits for me here. I am satisfied that God knew Sakura before she was born, that he formed her in her mother’s womb, and that everything is ok because she is a child of God.

I don’t know the future. I don’t know what troubles or blessings that Sakura or any of us may face. But, I do know who holds the future and will care for my granddaughter as He has for me. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” The song, “Because He Lives”, says “Because I know He holds the future and life is worth the living just because He lives”.

I will leave her and the rest of us there, in God’s hands, knowing that whatever comes, He walks with us.


He Knows Us and Loves Us

by Sarah Nelson

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
 Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
 You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.”  Psalm 139:1-4  (ESV)

Have you ever been misunderstood?   Your best intentions misinterpreted as something less than good?  Do you ever wonder if anyone really “gets” you?  Does it seem sometimes like your life is invisible?   If so, I encourage you to read not just the above verses from Psalm 139, but all of the psalm.

Who knows you best?  We may think that maybe it is our husband, parent, best friend, or a sibling.  While all of these people indeed know much about us, there is only One who knows us so well that He even knows what word we will speak before it comes out of our mouths. The Lord knows the activities of our hours, the thoughts that run through our heads that not even we understand why they are there.

Knowing that our Creator knows us so intimately and loves us so much that He sent His Son to redeem us from not just the sins that others see, but the ones that only His eyes capture, is amazing.  He desires for us to truly know that our lives are “hemmed in, behind and before” by HIM.  His hand of blessing is upon our heads as they bow in recognition of His majesty.

It’s true – He knows us and loves us!  Let that truth take root in your heart and encourage you as you live the days He has appointed for you to walk in His grace, for His glory.