Seeds of Devotion
By Julia Attaway

God Never Forgets Us

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:2)

Over the decade that we’ve struggled to help my son John, and now that we face a different crisis with my daughter Maggie, one of the things I’ve noticed about Isaiah 9:2 is that the people walking in darkness were walking.

They were moving. They weren’t standing still, flailing helplessly and wailing, “It’s too hard!” or, “I can’t take this!” They were going on with life in that darkness, trusting that God had not forgotten them.

God never forgets us. No matter how dark life seems, we need to keep walking in his path. When we can’t walk, we can crawl. We can grope our way along. We can go an inch at a time, if that’s all we can manage. Because when life is grim, the only real choice we have is whether to move closer to God or further away from him. Move closer, at whatever rate you can.

Julia Attaway is a freelance writer, homeschooler and mother of five. She is the editor of Daily Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood, a book of devotions for first-time moms. She lives in New York.

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The most difficult thing I have EVER done,
is to stand by the grave of my son and
attempt to feel thankfulness and joy!

Thanks for the reminder. I've been hedged in by illness and medical requirements that keep me close to home for almost a year now. It feels like sitting in darkness.

Still praying for Maggie, for you, for your family. I know that God hasn't forgotten you....I wish I understood why we must go through such pain, but still trusting in His goodness is important.