In the next few weeks, Derek will continue talking about our families. We all have stories about our loved ones, some sad or tragic and some hilarious and hopeful. It seems so strange to me that in the coarse of a day we can feel the utmost happiness when joy just takes over and smears laughter all over us or a moment later a devastating turn in events can change the whole color of our world. The most comforting thought that covers everything is that we rest in our Father’s hands.

As we live our lives, the thought of my Father placing people in my life to help me pass through each day is a great encouragement and at the same time a big responsibility. My prayer is that I follow my Savior’s footsteps well enough to be an encourager instead of the person who causes damage.

“In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.”

― C.S. LewisThe Four Loves