Read 1 John 3:1-3
Identical twins share a bond that’s beyond our comprehension. I know because my mom is an identical twin, and I observed her twinness throughout my life. My mom and Aunt Louise would exchange the same birthday cards bought in different cities; show up at family gatherings in identical dresses purchased independently. We only had one new car when I was growing up: a “Sierra Gold” ’57 Chevy. We drove the 60 miles to Wichita in our new car only to see my Aunt and Uncle’s newly purchased “Sierra Gold” ’57 Chevy!
In October, my mom told friends in her retirement home in Tennessee that her twin had died before we broke the news to Mom that Aunt Louise had passed away the previous evening in Missouri. At my aunt’s funeral we sang a hymn that was not familiar to me: I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry. The words were particularly poignant in that setting. For Mom was there at Aunt Louise’s “borning cry”; she was with her as a child, as an adolescent and through adulthood to old age. That special love experienced by identical twins is something I suspect only twins and God understand. As amazing as twin-love is, God’s love as expressed in this hymn is infinitely greater. So we can rest assured that, “When the evening gently closes in and you shut your weary eyes, [He’ll] be there as [He has] always been with just one more surprise.”
Lord God, we thank you for this unfathomable love revealed through your Son, Jesus Christ. We thank you for walking with us and guiding us from birth to old age and beyond when you promise us “just one more surprise.” Amen
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