Today is Leon's birthday and when I was looking for pictures to put on Facebook to say Happy Birthday, I realized that for the years he has been the "joy that seeketh me through pain." For over nine years we have had very few times when we were upset with each other and those things passed over quickly. He has been a constant source of peace and joy during the most difficult things that our family has been through.
Leon and Wilson came to us in the midst of some very difficult parenting years... and it was as though God sent them because God, the author of joy, was seeking us.
Seeing pictures of his face reminded me of this song this morning
O Joy, that seekest me through pain,I cannot close my heart to Thee;I trace the rainbow through the rain,And feel the promise is not vainThat morn shall tearless be.So, if you are going through those hard times -- do not close your heart to the joy that is seeking you through your pain. Look for it, it's there. Take time to find it.
I am so grateful that God is faithful to break through during even the hard times, with joy. And today especially I am very thankful for all the joy that this boy/man has brought to our lives.
I know you want to listen to the song, too so you can get it stuck in your head!