October 14, 2013 by comhomflt
The deployment is fast approaching, and we are starting to experience all the “lasts.” This weekend was a last opportunity for my LT and I to get away together for a bit. (We are so thankful to those who made it possible by watching our munchkins!) Technically speaking, we weren’t “alone,” since we were accompanied by our Seaman, who is still too little to be left behind. He was very accommodating, though, and, at times, we could almost forget we had a kidlet along.
Our destination was the Wilds of New England, a picturesque camp and conference center just outside of Concord, New Hampshire. I’m not sure there are any pictures of my LT and I together, but pictures don’t capture the feeling of your husband’s arms wrapped around you, anyway. We had a lovely time, just being together and chatting and playing Dutch Blitz and drinking hot beverages and meeting Philly and Penn State fans and reminiscing over camp and old friends and fun times and the time we staged a murder scene for my parents and past visits to the Wilds. We were also reminded of the sufficiency of God and His Word to meet all the challenges we face. These truths work wonders in a marriage, but with the deployment at the forefront of my mind, I found myself thinking through whether my approach to it reflects an attitude of confidence and security in the Lord. I was reminded of the hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” which we included in our wedding ceremony as a congregational song. It is based on Lamentations 3:22-23, and though it is old, its message of God’s faithfulness and of mercies renewed each morning is one that will never be dated. As I poked around the bookstore a bit later, I found this little sign!
It fits perfectly in our kitchen and will be a wonderful reminder to me of God’s faithfulness and mercies and of the declaration we made on our wedding day to trust a faithful God. He has been faithful to us through the easy times when we celebrated a raise with steamers at a favorite restaurant; the fun times when we frolicked with the kids on our family raking day; the hard times when babies have been sick and cried all day and night; the worst of times, when we grieved a little boy taken to heaven before ever feeling the touch of his mother’s lips on his tiny face. He will be faithful to us through the separation of deployment; and He will be faithful if, God forbid, those worst-case-scenario plans should have to be activated.
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not;
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided –
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!