Sweet Family Comfort - Encouragement Café - November 5, 2015


Sweet Family Comfort

Café Menu for Thursday, November 5, 2015

Today’s Special is:  Lingering Moments of Delight

Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Dawn Aldrich

Main Ingredient:

The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17 NIV


A medley of hymns from my childhood rings clearly in my heart when I close my eyes and listen.  They were completely separate tunes until my mother gathered me in her arms and strung them together as one.  It's impossible to count how often she sang over me, but this I know: it comforted me.

Decades later, I gathered my own children in my arms and rocked away the nights in darkened rooms gently whispering that same strung-together-medley:

Jesus loves me this I know... Oh how He loves you and me... Jesus, Jesus, Jesus… There's just something about that name... On a hill far away, stood and old rugged cross... Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord.

Every time I sang over them in love.  Every time, it comforted them.

I miss those lingering moments of new sleep when I studied their sleeping little faces, inhaled their clean baby hair and thanked God for the precious gifts they were.

Now, six grandchildren later, I sometimes relive those times when they spend a night.  Gathering them into my arms, that old, familiar, strung-together-medley reemerges, and usually, within minutes, their little bodies relax and their eyes close.  If I’m honest, I linger with them when their fast asleep, tracing their familiar profiles and delighting in their presence.  

It awes me to know God looks at us the same way.  I wonder how many lingering moments, when our hearts are quieted by His love, He rejoices over us with singing.

Take Out:

Do you have a favorite childhood tradition or memory that you’ve carried over into your own parenting or grand parenting?  

If not, memories can be intentionally created.  Why not start today?  

Choose something that shows you delight over them like singing over your children as they fall asleep or sending them to school with a prayer.  The sky’s the limit.


Dear Jesus, thank You for taking pleasure in us, quieting us with Your Love and rejoicing greatly over us.  And for those times when we might feel unloved, bring to mind how much You delight in us.

© 2015 by Dawn Aldrich.  All rights reserved.

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Originally published Thursday, 05 November 2015.