Looking across the aisles at church today, I saw, together, the young and the old, the married and the single, the student and the working mother, the widow and the newlywed, the father and the fatherless, the mom with the baby, and the grandpa with a walker.
Sitting next to each other. Laughing with each other. Crying with each other. Lifting their voices together in praise to our God. Standing together for the reading of God’s Word.
No matter what their circumstances, no matter their age or their gender or the things they’ve experience in life, God is faithful. It is His faithfulness that brings the weary widow to the altar. It is His faithfulness that brings the unmarried mother-to-be to the foot of the cross. It is His faithfulness that brings the battered men, scorned women, hurting children, and sinners saved by grace to the place where they can find peace.
No matter what we have faced in the past, no matter what we will face in the future, and no matter what we face today, His faithfulness continues through all generations (Psalm 100). He is faithful to bring you out of the valley, to the top of the mountain, to redeem you from the pit, to bring you to the foot of the cross.
And so, side by side, we walk this road together – the young and old, widow and married and single, fathers and mothers and those without children – testifying to the work of the Lord, to His love, grace, and mercy that continue throughout the generations.
Therefore, let us shout for joy to the Lord, knowing that He is God, that it is He who made us, and we are His. Let us enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. For the Lord is good, and His love endures forever. His faithfulness continues through all generations.
Kristen Entwistle is a graduate student pursuing her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology at Michigan State University. After graduating with her PhD, Kristen hopes to teach biochemistry at a small liberal arts college. A member of Red Cedar Evangelical Free Church, she helps to lead worship on Sunday mornings and leads a women’s Bible study on Saturday mornings. She was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was three months old, and has seen God work through the ups and downs of life and through her disease. Kristen enjoys reading, swimming, running, crocheting, and writing in her spare time.
Connect with Kristen online: SwimmingForHim.wordpress.com