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October 7, 2019

Firsts and Lasts

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven..." (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Our children provide us with so many milestones or "firsts," like their first tooth or first steps, first words or first day of school. We look forward to many of these firsts with much anticipation, celebrating with a phone call to family, by taking pictures or video, or by recording the special event in a baby book.

We often get so caught up in the “firsts” that we miss out on many of their "lasts." Author Karen Kingsbury wrote a book about "lasts" titled, Let Me Hold You Longer. She reminds us, as parents, to recognize when our children approach their "lasts," and mentions what we might do differently, so when that day comes we will be better prepared.

Whether it's the last time your child jumps in your arms for a hug, the last time they ask you to lie down with them in bed at night, the last time your daughter plays dress-up or your son's last day of elementary school, we have an opportunity to rejoice and celebrate those moments, record them, or just press them into our memories forever before they are gone.

The same could be true of your husband and his professional baseball career. You celebrate him getting called up to the next level or his major league debut, his first win, save or hit - just to name a few. But what about his last pitch, his last at bat or his last day in a professional baseball uniform? Just like with our children, we can appreciate each moment and be prepared to recognize and celebrate his "last."

For every "last" our children experience, we know that another new “first” is not far behind. The same is true of our husbands and their baseball careers. There will be a last. That time of his life will come to an end. But be thankful and rejoice in it, looking forward to what and where the Lord may be leading him, and you, next!

Prayer: Father, help me to be prepared for these moments, first or last, as they happen in my life and to appreciate each and every one.

Suggested Reading: Ecclesiastes 3

Jo Hickerson

Baseball Chapel
P.O. Box 10102
Largo, FL 33773

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