One of my very favorite things my parents own is a picture, painted for them by a member of their first church as a goodbye gift from, I think, the Sunday School class. It shows a simple church building with a family (Father, Mother, Son, Daughter) in old-fashioned clothes standing in front of it. The words from this week’s (Easter 5a) lectionary Psalm are written on the picture, “My times are in Thy hand” (Psalm 31:15a).
That picture has had a place of prominence on the wall in every place my parents have lived. They’ve carried it with them all over the world and placed it where it could be seen, a reminder of a place where our lives were transformed and of people who cared for us and a reminder of of those words, wherever we were, whatever we did, it was/is in God’s hand.
That’s all I’ve got.