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Standing in the Gap

Publisher’s Note


My son Benton tried to make his teeth wiggle all through Kindergarten in hopes of having his name on the “snaggel tooth” bulletin board. Finally, at the age of six and a half, he came running to me with not one- but two loose teeth. He grinned and bared it as we helped him wiggle those teeth right out of his mouth. We took pictures. We jumped around the house. He couldn’t wait to show his friends! Who would have thought there could be such celebration over a gapping hole? As parents, if we did not know to anticipate those shiny, new permanent teeth just below the surface, this scenario would have taken a far different twist. We would have been on our way to our trusted pediatric dentist! 

Sometimes it may not look or feel like we have a lot to celebrate. In fact, sometimes it may feel as though all we can do is lift our heads up high enough to peer out of an empty hole. God reminds us that despite the circumstances, He has a special plan for us (Romans 8:28). We have so much to anticipate thanks to His love for us through the saving power of His son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16). This month as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, let’s take the time to thank someone who has encouraged us during a time when we did not feel like celebrating. Let us also seek out a special someone we can encourage and share with God’s love.

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