Today. This Moment.

I just called my husband, as I do most lunchtimes, to share at least that part of a day. He told me that, as usual, the railroad needs him and he will be home. Late. Could I please come up to where he is, an hour and a half away, and pick up some papers that need to be at the Gideon meeting this evening.

"Sure," I said. "Since I get to see my favorite person in the whole world when I do that, I'll be there."

"I love you," he said.

"Love you, too," I replied. "See you later."

I heard him saying something as I was hanging up the phone, but I didn't know what. Seconds later, the phone rang.

"You hung up too quick," he said. "I need you to pray for something."

I waited.

My husband continued. "Steve got a call during our morning meeting. His wife was at work and slipped down a flight of stairs. She was taken by ambulance to Parkview. They think her spine is broken."

Steve is our son's age and treats my husband alternately like a boss and a dad. He and his wife have two small children. I heard the emotion in my husband's voice.

"You got it, honey," I said. "I'll pray."

I don't know Steve's wife's name, but that's OK. God does. And I have prayed and will pray again. This incident reminds me that we had better treat our loved ones with kid gloves, which is not something I'm sure I knew when I was the age of Steve and his wife. When you get to middle-age, though, you begin to see some of your friends lose their husbands–or wives–and you know that now may be all that you have.

How thankful I am that I have my husband, at least today. And that Steve's wife was alive to be transported to the hospital.  Mostly, I am thankful that God is big enough to handle it all.

Matthew 6:25-34
25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?

26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.

29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.

30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'

32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.


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