Too many of us, instead of looking to the future, see only the present. In the church we are now losing about 80 % of our own children when they grow up. In our children we sometimes fail to visualize them as they will be when grown up and maybe we neglect to pray for them in that respect. All we can see now are the many joys they bring but also the problems that test our patience in the present time.
If we could only visualize them as grown-ups, as they will all too soon be…and see them in our mind’s eye as fine young Christians maturing in the faith, then maybe we would realize that we are pressing toward a worthwhile goal, instead of seeing only the steps to that goal. We should never let the steps toward a goal loom so large in our minds that they become more important than the goal itself.
Think of your little boy when in his later years after you are already gone on…as his life draws to a close and this poem could be written to describe him. Would it be worth it to you to set your goals and work towards them today? -Edna L. Ingram
BEAUTY IN DEATH
His suffering ended with the day; yet he lived at its close,
And breathed the long, long night away, in statue-like repost.
But when the sun in all his state illumed the eastern skies,
He passed through Glory’s morning, gate and walked in Paradise!
-Poem by James Aldrich