It strikes me how difficult it is to raise little children along with adult children. For all of these years I have been engaged in teaching to the littles and I sometimes feel like I'm repeating the same few years of life over and over.
But it's good, too. To always be viewing life through the eyes of a child. Sometimes it is the simple things that bring us the most comfort, joy, and peace.
Our family likes to memorize a different hymn every month. January's hymn is, "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus." While several of us knew it already, many of the littles didn't so it was chosen. I have loved going over it again! So often I find that the best verses are the ones regularly left out. My favorite verse of this hymn is verse 4:
Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
The strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle,
The next the victor's song.
To him that overcometh
A crown of life shall be;
He with the King of Glory
Shall reign eternally.
I love singing this everyday! I find it difficult to get through this verse without tears because it is so full of truth and promise.
This earthly struggle will not last. Though it seems long, it is but for a moment. We fight today, as we must continue to do, until the victory is reached and we are with the King of Glory for eternity.
Not only does it remind me that my striving will not last, it also reminds me of the glorious fact that my little boy has overcome. I look forward to seeing him in his splendor...