His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

When you stir in the morning, I rub your chubby one-year-old feet, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

I watch your one-year-old toes curl in my hand, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

You sigh a one-year-old sigh and snuggle into your happy place, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

I draw you into mine as I cuddle you in a comfortable one-year-old embrace, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

Your one-year-old hair is still long enough to be crazy when you wake, even though we already cut away the baby goodness, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

You roll over and stretch a big one-year-old stretch from the top of your head to the tips of your toes, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

Your exquisite one-year-old eyelashes finally flutter open, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

Your eyes disappear in your one-year-old smile, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

You squeak your first one-year-old word of the day, always the same, whatever is your favorite at the time, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

It once was “Baow!”, but now it’s “Yee-IGHT!”, and you reach for it with open, one-year-old hands, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

All the while you’re pouring your one-year-old Light into our lives, for HIS steadfast love endures forever

You greet the rest of the family to start your one-year-old day, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

For I-dee, a tug on her hair; for Eli, a smack in the face; for Daddy, a one-year-old complaint until he takes you into his arms, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

You entertain us with clever one-year-old antics, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

You lie flat on your stomach, arms outstretched, your one-year old face buried in the carpet, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

You raise your head just enough to peek out from the corner of your eye with a mischievous one-year-old twinkle, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

It’s as if your only one-year-old job is to make us laugh, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

You observe us at the table and mimic the inflection in our voices with your one-year-old conversation, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

You lift one quizzical one-year-old eyebrow, mildly amused, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

Rolly one-year-old legs toddle behind, beside, on top of your Little Mama, even to the ends of the Earth, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

Eli fills your one-year-old mind with so many word pictures–meaningful, silly, powerful, strange–for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

The wind ruffles through your one-year-old hair as you swing right alongside them, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

Your one-year-old giggles echo those of your Bigs, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

All day long you “go go” where we go–to the school room, to ballet, to late night youth activities–without a concern, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

You take determined pride in your one-year-old splashes in the bath, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

But you smile hardest wrapped in your one-year-old Daddy Taco Towel, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

I read our ten-year-old story books to my one-year-old boy as we settle for the night, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

Your one-year-old anticipation grows as we turn the page to find the familiar cow, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

You do your best one-year-old impression, “Muh! Muh!”, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

You look to me expectantly until I moo long and you burst into one-year-old laughter, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

In the end, we find ourselves intertwined again, and all is right in our worlds, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

I reflect on this one-year-old dance that we’ve been learning, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

It’s a sacred and beautiful dance of laughter through tears, joy undergirded with grief (Proverbs 14:13), for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

It is with the understanding that Rainbows only exist when sunshine and rain co-exist, for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

In all the things, and in all the ways, big and small, ONLY for HIS steadfast love endures forever.

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, for HIS steadfast love endures forever. (Psalm 136:1)

 

2 Replies to “His Steadfast Love Endures Forever”

  1. I love it all, but that last little part about sunshine and rain coexisting to bring the beauty of a rainbow. That’s good. It is the most wonderful, real life picture of how joy and sadness can truly exist together and what the world will see and even what we will experience is beauty. Hard and happy. But still beauty. Much love friend. Much love. I get this. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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