For those of you who have been following Ryan and Rachel's story, today is the day little Joshua will enter this world, and in all likelihood leave it as well.
Please pray for the Sutherland family as Rachel is scheduled to be induced this morning. We believe in a God who is powerful enough to heal and to save, who loves us as his children, who is gracious and merciful, who delights in our requests and comforts us in our sorrows, and who is wise enough to lead us precisely where we need to go in our journey towards a better place.
So we trust in this God, and we ask him to be with our friends - for Ryan and Rachel as they go through this very difficult time, for their little boy Bridger who is too young to understand very much yet can surely tell that something is amis, and especially for baby Joshua who can do nothing but rest in his Creator's wisdom and love.
Pray that all four of them may know God's grace in an amazing way today...
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed...
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities,
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him...
As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children.