For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
(1 Corinthians 13:12)   
Remembering the innocent child whom we must become again to enter heaven;
Embracing the warmth of family love and protection in our youth;
Facing the reality that evil exists– shaking our belief in innocence and protection;
Leaning on the Lord when doubting the direction for our future;
Emerging as the children of God through faith, obedience, and baptism;
Changing our lives as new Christians to follow in the path of Christ;
Transitioning to an outward focus on others;
Investing in quiet time with the Lord in prayer;
Owning the legacy of suffering as a Christian in this world;
Needing to hold onto faith until the last age when the child in us returns home.
Remembering the past, reflecting on the present,
embracing the future–which God holds.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three;
but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Faith: Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will uphold you. . .”
Hope: 2 Corinthians 4:16 “Therefore we do not lose heart.  Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
Love: Matthew 28:20 “. . . and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
God is with us always:
at birth—through life—in death—
in heaven . . . waiting–for us to come home.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 07/12/2020 )    Meditations on God’s Word