Hope for the future

Photocredit: Israel Shirk, Avalanche Photography

The other day I saw I post where a dad shared the things he wanted his kids to remember about him.  I thought it was a fun idea and started writing something similar, which I may at some point finish and share here.  But as I wrote, I realized what I really want my kids to remember is not about me.

Sure, I hope they remember things about me, things I’ve taught them.  I hope they eventually come to an adult understanding of my hopes for them, how much I love them, how hard I’ve tried to be a good mom to them, and how my heart wants every good thing for them in life.  But really, really, it’s not about me.

It’s all about Jesus.

My greatest hope for these precious kids of ours, and for their spouses, and for our precious little grandchildren, is that they know where they can turn when life gets hard.  That they have a strong and living faith in the One who loves them best of all.  That their best, most unshakeable hope in life is their Saviour, the lover of their souls.


You hear me when I call
You are my morning song
Though darkness fills the night
It cannot hide the light
Whom shall I fear?

You crush the enemy
Underneath my feet
You are my sword and shield
Though troubles linger still
Whom shall I fear?

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies is always by my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies is always by my side

My strength is in Your name
For You alone can save
You will deliver me
Yours is the victory
Whom shall I fear?
Whom shall I fear?

And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in Your hands
I’m holding on to Your promises
You are faithful
You are faithful


Searching for some hope of your own? Here’s where I find mine.  I’m wishing you every good thing in this new year.


  1. I love this thought!

    It reminds me of my Great Grandfather (who passed away long before I was born). In the preamble to his will, he wrote this:

    “I desire to bequeth to my children and their families my testimony to the truth and preciousness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This heritage of Christian faith, received in an unbroken line from [our Christian] ancestors, is of infinitely more value than any earthly possessions that I hereby bequeath or devise to them. As life’s sun sinks toward its setting, I want to say to my dear children and grandchildren in this private document: Hold fast to the faith and fellowship and service of Jesus Christ and His Church. They will make life worth living under any conditions.” (Author not known, but expresses my thoughts and desires.)

    Although his worldly possessions didn’t outlast him by very long, this testimony, God Willing, will continue into Eternity.

  2. Sorry for going off topic. Does anybody know what if any changes the tax bills just passed by Congress will have on the adoption tax credit?

  3. Love it Mary – I agree. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Love this post, Mary. To Anna, what a beautiful message at the start of the will.
    Along the same lines, as a parent of a minor child—-be sure and have a will and a guardian appointed (notarized or not legal) for them otherwise you will see family fighting like you never saw before. And for all those reading who will say, nope the older kids will not fight about this, they know our wishes–even the best of families will fight over money and kids; and when it comes to guardianship of minors both money and kids are involved.
    Also it would help the whole family if you have an obituary written for yourself and any children living in the home, an order of service, place for the service, and burial information which you have given to a person not living in the house and have located with your important papers in the house. In the case of tragic deaths, this is most helpful.