Teenagers are at a very delicate stage in their sojourn on earth. Sometimes they are allowed to have special reminders that the Lord is near. I’d like to share four striking experiences where teenagers have been the focus of the Lord’s love.
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In the musical Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye, a poor Jewish milkman, speaks aloud to the Lord: “I know, I know—we are the chosen people. But once in a while, can’t You choose someone else?” Like Tevye, we might feel singled out and wonder why we have been “chosen” for trials. But adversity is no respecter of persons. So, what do we do about it?
We think of miracles as large and grand – and they can be – but there are miracles all around us that we take for granted, including spiritual miracles and finding happiness amid hurt and pain.
Having been raised by inactive parents, both of whom came from faithful, stalwart member families, I remember little or no contact with much family in my youngest years. So, the announcement that our “grandfather” was going to visit us was a surprise. A grandfather! A big word that carried much excitement.
What if we truly despise our face or our body, or we’re afraid to age and nothing short of drastic measures could ever change our appearance? Perhaps we even have serious physical deformities that contribute to our poor self-image and there’s nothing we can do to change them. Must we simply endure these negative feelings until the resurrection?