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He needs glasses. My sweet little boy. And I’ll admit that jumping up and down with joy was NOT my first reaction. I’ll even confess a little vanity. What if he looks nerdy? What if the kids make fun of him?

I know the boy with glasses from Jerry McGuire was adorable, but sometimes children with glasses garner more sympathy than tweeks on the cheek.  

And I was worried. But Quinn was not. Guess why?

Because two days before, his father found out at the ripe old age of 43 that he needs glasses too. And tomorrow is the big day. They will go together to buy glasses.   

Quinn has talked of nothing else for the past week. He can’t wait. And I think when (as will invariably happen) a child at school makes fun of him, he will be okay. Because he will know his father is dealing with the same thing and that will give him strength. After school and work they will be able to compare notes and Quinn will draw encouragement for knowing his father also survived the experience.


I’ve often wondered how some Christians seem to so beautifully make their way through trials and difficulties. How they manage to keep their spirits up and even to praise God in their hardships.  

But as I watched my son gaze at his father, I realized why. These Christians know that their heavenly Father has walked these same roads. He knows their feelings and fears, He knows the rejection and pain, He knows the stress and exhaustion. And they know they aren’t alone.

Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.”

And in Deuteronomy 31:8, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Life has its ups and down. But we do not journey alone. Our Father is simultaneously with us and has gone before us. What a gift.

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