Jackson Five Friday: Early Let Us


It’s Friday but I’ve almost lost track of days this week since Sam has been home sick since Tuesday.  The doctor said sinus infection but yowza it’s kicked his behind.  Maybe it’s a sinus infection plus a virus of some kind?  It’s a bummer because we were just getting into the swing of things.  On Wednesday I took him with me to pick the boys up from school, and we also grabbed another boy that lives on the mountain.  Although at the time, I was thinking a sinus infection wouldn’t be contagious, I still had Sam sit in front with me so he didn’t breathe on anyone else.  And I cannot convey how thankful I am for this unusual decision, because half way up the mountain Sam demonstrated, rather graphically, that it may not be just a sinus infection.  Either that, or it was rapid onset car sickness.

When I dropped the boy off, I apologized for Sam’s upchucking and said, “Oh, and tell your parents, ‘Happy Anniversary.'”  Yes, we are making fantastic first impressions!

But physical ailments aside, we are still wading in some pretty deep emotional waters.  I think the boys will be just fine, eventually, but if you could pray for them I’d appreciate it.  The boys have mostly positive attitudes, but it’s not easy.  The transition has been less challenging than expected in a few ways, and harder, much harder, in others.  Of course, I’d love it if the boys would recognize that their identities are in Christ, not their position on sports teams or at school.  But they are just kids, kids who derive a lot of pleasure from sports and hanging with friends.

In church on Sunday we sang “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us,” which was actually performed at our wedding by my cousins.  It is such a beautiful old hymn, and has the following refrain, “Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus, Early let us turn to thee.  Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus, Early let us turn to thee.”

I know God has a plan for us.  Jeremiah 29:11-14a says:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.

May I trust the truth of these verses, and my family trust it as well.  May we bless the name of our Lord, and may we live out that sweet old song, by turning to Him EARLY in all our momentary troubles.

With Love,



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