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Have you ever noticed the vulnerability of babies and elderly when it comes to showing a smile to others? It’s like a joy and a total trust in God that is wonderful to watch. Not only is wonderful to watch but even better to partake if you’re on the receiving end. Just like the love of God, when we are dependent on His Love, we can smile knowing that every hair on our head is counted. We are accounted for. We mean something to him.
There have been times in my own life when my brain cried out for peace just thinking about all I had to do. I become overwhelmed thinking of the tasks at hand instead of just trusting God is with me and will show me how to go about my life each moment.
Thinking of young children and of the elderly reminds me that life is short, but when we depend on God more we know that we can freely be happy. We can trust that even the smile on our face will be provided by God since He is watching over us. The next time you see a baby or toddler or a very old person who is dependent on others, think of God’s providence in your own life. You can count on that.
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Dear Jesus, we know you are caring for us. When we see a child or an elderly person, we see your grace at work for you take care of everyone. Even those who are neglected are never forgotten by you. Help us to trust that you will proved happiness in our lives. You can give us true joy. You can take away our burdens and our sorrows. Lord, our prayer is that you will make us like children in our trust and love of you. Amen.
Copyright 2020 Anne DeSantis
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Anne DeSantis is a Catholic wife and mother of two grown daughters. She has written for CatholicMom since 2016. She is the director for the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation, with outreach to families affected by divorce and separation. Anne is a 55+ model/actress and the Host of the on-line TV show "The Positive Side on RVNTV." Learn more about her work at AnneDeSantis.com.