You are our God for all ages,
and you endure through all generations.
Inspired by Psalm 145:13
When our eldest grandchild was born, I began to organize our photos of her and the rest of us. Though I’d done the same for our sons, it had been quite a while since I’d started a new album. This time around, rather than storing that new album in a drawer or cabinet, I placed it on our coffee table. I wanted easy and ongoing access to this new adventure in our lives.
Four more grandchildren and a few memorable trips enticed me to keep this “album thing” going. Nine volumes later, I find that my thinking in this regard was and continues to be absolutely sound. When visiting, our grandchildren and their parents leaf through these albums often. Numerous conversations regarding the places we’ve been, the kids’ growth spurts and a variety of special occasions have resulted. During these stay-in-place days, my husband and I have enjoyed those albums more than ever. The smiles which accompany all of this indicate that my photo album collection truly is a celebration of who we are and where we have been.
You know, I think that my family album experiences mirror God’s love for you and me. In spite of this world’s distractions and that challenging gift of our free will, we all manage to engage in good deeds far more often than we realize. Each one certainly elicits a smile from our Benevolent Creator. Though my photo albums don’t chronicle our difficult family times, God’s albums do. God looks upon these events with loving concern. More importantly, God remains with us through it all, especially during the most difficult times.
Generous God, thank you for making our memories with us.
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