It's Genuine

Does a parent ever stop worrying about his/her children? Our daughters are ever more independent as they are now 25 and almost 21 years old. Our older daughter, Kaia, has now been living away from home for 7 years, first in college in Minnesota, then staying there to work after graduation, and now for the past year, attending the University of Minnesota Medical School. She is a very responsible young woman, but we still worry about her health and safety. This summer, our anxiety went up another notch when she went with 3 of her medical school classmates to Kenya to work on a public health education project on an island in Lake Victoria. We knew we were even more out of touch than usual. It is hard, even for people of faith, to be able to relax and simply trust in God’s care for those we love, whether they are off working in Africa or just living, working or going to school in another city or state where we are unable to intervene and help directly when they need it.

We were reminded this past week that we need not be so worried when we received this photo.  God provides care for his/her children, sometimes in the most surprising ways. This photo shows Kaia with her host mom over the past 3 weeks in Kenya. It really showed us in a remarkable way that even 9 time zones away from her home in Centennial, she is cared for. And her “mother’s” love is genuine – Berlin (the mom) made sure to ask Kaia to let her know that she arrived safely at her friend’s in Tanzania when she left this weekend. She is one of the fortunate ones who has internet access, so they are now Facebook friends and are able to stay in touch that way.

We did not expect this, but are so grateful to God, both for providing this kind of care for our daughter, and for the reminder that God’s care for us is consistent and not limited by geography, culture or even economic conditions. The God who uses our hands and arms to show love for each other, reminds us that God takes on many looks.

Praise My Soul The King of Heaven – the third verse says it well (my version):

Motherlike she tends and spares us, Well our feeble frame she knows;
In her hands she gently bears us, Rescues us from all our foes.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Widely yet her mercy flows.

Thank you Lord for reminding us of your constant care!

David Erickson-Pearson

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