Each moment of our lives, God on high sees all. He knows our circumstances.
He knows us. He knows what is around the next bend.
Editor's note: this devotional was written by Eric
Hewko, whose adult son, Adam, suffered a traumatic brain injury ten
months ago. Throughout Adam's ongoing recovery, Eric has written
hope-filled messages of what
God is teaching him and his family through their experience, and has shared his insights on CaringBridge.org.
Today's devotional is another testament to God's mercy in their lives, and
an encouragement to all of us who struggle with the difficulties and
tragedies of life. As we enter the New Year, this is a beautiful reminder that God watches over us and works all
things for our good. Pray for Adam's healingóand peace, comfort, and
strength for his family!
There have been many days wherein I have felt as if
I was at the bottom of a canyon looking up. And I am not just speaking
of these past 10 months. As I reflect upon my six decades, there have
been many 'end-of-self', bottom of the barrel experiences. But with
the wisdom of the passing years, you realize that life just
continues on. In this respect, I am no different than you.
As I say goodnight at the end of each day to Adam, I say this prayer,
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.
This priestly blessing is known in Hebrew as the "Nesiat
Kapayim," [raising of the hands].
It is also known as the Benediction, often said at the close of a
And, my family heard it often as it was repeated by my father to
anyone who cared for him in his last year of life.
Tonight, when I prayed this prayer, I could not help but think back to one of our familyís summer trips to Jackson, Wyoming. I believe I have told you about this before. We were in a raft on the
Snake River. We were surrounded by high mountain walls whilst in the midst of fast moving white water, navigating around boulders which had fallen thousands of years ago. At the moments of the rushing water and action, you feel vulnerable and helpless. But unknown to us at the time is that just around the next bend, if we hang on, there was calm waters with breathtaking vistas and new experiences of which we could never imagine.
Each moment of our lives, God on high sees all. He knows our circumstances. He knows us. He knows what
is around the next bend.
What a wonderful experience to have our Lord bless us
To have our Lordís face shine upon us
And, to have our Lordís peace come upon us
As He sees what we cannot.
As much as I may have feared, our Lord has a new hope and horizon for Vanessa, my girls, me Ė and Adam. And, you.
In every sense, this is exciting to know that good will come from all of this.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)