Life is Precious

Byron and Ruby Bea Peters, in Honor of Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

Byron here, by way of introduction...

Parenting and walking with the Lord has its seasons. Sometimes it’s predictable and routine. Other times it’s chaotic and we feel way out of our depth.

It’s been my privilege to observe my wife’s parenting and walk with God “adjust” across the span of over 30 years. Before kids, time with God lingered long. With young ones, it was “pray always” and snatch time in the Word whenever she could.

In this season of our lives, Ruby Bea writes a “family email” every day. It’s usually a combination of updates (for example: “Layson got her bridesmaid’s dress for John Martin’s wedding today!”) and reflections on what God has had for her that morning in the Word.

I was encouraged recently by this simple reminder from a “family email...”

Well, it's still white with snow here. Our section of road looks to be pretty clear (our section of road was also in the sun all of yesterday...but for those sections in Briar Chapel where shade remained, so did the ice/snow).

What is it like where you are?

Life surely is precious...sometimes I get overwhelmed when I ponder what we get to do and see...from our immediate surroundings to those further away. That my body works the way it does with breathing, moving, healing, to the quiet beauty of a snow fall, to the cuteness of Millie, to the warm morning sunshine hitting the trees in our backyard. That we get to form relationships, communicate, care, encourage one another.

I’m reminded that life, every stage of it, is a precious gift, and to get to experience our personal stages and the life stages of others is something I often taken for granted. It is sometimes messy and will more than likely include tears of sadness and tears of great joy and laughter.

Life is a gift. I am thankful for the life experiences God has given me, and I am thankful for the lives that He has put around me...some for moments and others for decades. Some very young and some frail with age and near earthly death.

Life is precious. I pray I always treat it that way.

You are precious,

Mom

Here are some excerpts from Psalm 139 that remind me how precious life is:

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.

You hem me in, behind and before,

   and lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

   it is high; I cannot attain it.

For you formed my inward parts;

   you knitted me together in my mother's womb.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!

   How vast is the sum of them!

Search me, O God, and know my heart!

   Try me and know my thoughts

And see if there be any grievous way in me,

   and lead me in the way everlasting!

NOTE: Pregnancy Support Services wants to thank you for the partnership of Christ Community Church over the years. For Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (January 21), please prayerfully remember the upcoming giving opportunities (Baby Bottles, Alms Offering January 21).