God of Our Children – Psalm 102:25-28


Read Psalm 102:25-28

I’ve always felt like a late bloomer, never quite where I want to be. During my struggle to accept the fact that I might never have children I read this quote: “Mothering is no second-rate ministry for the spiritually and intellectually mediocre. Mothering is a Christ-rated ministry for soul and mind sculptors, and what could ever be sub-standard about passing on Christ’s standard?” (Ann Voskamp’s blog, aholyexperience.com)

I read these words and thought, “Maybe it’s simply taken me this long to be ready to raise children.” Time and disease had erased the dream of conception, but God seemed to be whispering that age shouldn’t keep me from the Christ-rated ministry of mothering.

In order for my children to live in God’s presence I’ll be a late bloomer any day!

Lord, help us remember that we are the work of your hands. Just as you laid the foundations of the earth, so you long to be the foundation of our lives. Amen.

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Carmen Bensink Lewis

Salem, Oregon
I am a child of the King, longing for my identity as a Christ follower to seep deep into the fabric of my life. I often fall short of this desire, but God in his mercy repeatedly restores our faith. I believe God is continually preparing us for the next assignment. My time as a missionary in Colombia and work in other countries has solidified for me Paul’s conviction in Galatians that we are “all one in Christ Jesus.” This belief has led my husband, Scott, and me to co-plant Bridge Covenant Church, a multicultural community in Salem, Oregon. Most recently my faith has been stretched by infertility and cancer. In July 2014 we were blessed with one of the most amazing gifts—our son Gideon.


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