John Milton: Show The Day 

September 15

“The childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day.”

~ John Milton

The cross awakens within me this sudden realization that the power of God resides in me even as the power of the Cross stands with me. I sit off to one side and observe my son from a distance. The early morning chill feels nice and it is quiet up here on this hill. I wonder what he’s thinking at this moment? I understand the struggles he faces daily, the hurt and the pain he seems destined to endure and I just want him to have a life not so constantly harassed and oppressed by the cruelties of this world. I want him to know that he, too, has a power within him that will see him through very trial he is going to face. At times, it seems so unfair that he must go through these things and I wonder… I worry – that it may all be to much for him. There are days when I know that son can’t possible survive nor endure so much. But he can. I know he can. This is where my trust collides with my faith in the power of the cross and Jesus Christ.

I sit back and watch him, head hung low, and another parent sits next to him. She puts her arm around him and he lifts his head to look at her, then stares straight out again in the direction of that make-shift, old rickety cross. I wonder what she told him… I wonder, and though I’ve no idea nor probably never will, I am grateful for this moment in which she knew exactly what to say. Silently, I thank The Lord for another answered prayer for today I haven’t asked for the strength of The Lord to awaken in me… I’ve asked Him to awaken His Power in my son. And in doing so, I can also feel His Power surge in me, too. I am confident that the power of the Cross will arise in my son and he will find – as I am experiencing right now in this moment – a quiet confidence and unexplainable peace that envelopes him even in his most difficult moments.

Continue to comfort my son, Lord even while giving me an unshakable peace where I know (and sometimes even get to see) You working in my son. I praise You today, Lord, for these simple signs of Your Power and strength.


Peace, today. Sean Gutteridge


Today’s Scripture

Isaiah 51:9

9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in days of old, the generations of long ago. Was it not you who cut Rahab in pieces, who pierced the dragon?

Isaiah 51:12

12 “I, I am he who comforts you; who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, of the son of man who is made like grass,


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