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“My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast. I will sing and make melody. Awake, my soul. I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is higher than the heavens, and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.”

–Psalm 108:1, 3-4

This past week, my family closed on the sale of our family home. My parents purchased the home 61 years ago and it was the only home my brothers and I knew until we moved out of the house on our own as young adults. It has been a three-year process of sorting, purging, downsizing, selling and donating things to prepare the house for sale.

Lots of memories and reminiscing happened as closing day approached. And lots of wondering about the new owners and hoping they would enjoy and appreciate the house and neighborhood as much as we had through the years. At the closing, we had the opportunity to meet the new owners. They are a kind, young couple purchasing their first home. We shared some stories and pictures of what the house looked like when my parents purchased it in 1960. We also learned that the new owners are the same age my parents were when they bought the house as their first home.

While there are always mixed emotions when it is time to let go of something that is beloved and filled with memories, in thinking back over the whole process that brought us to house-closing day, the steadfast love and faithfulness of God could be seen. Whether it was the time needed to prepare the house for sale, to the timing of a housing market in favor of selling, to a knowledgeable and helpful realtor, to kind and excited buyers, to knowing that the sale of the house will provide for long-term assisted living care; God’s steadfast love and faithfulness was visible.

It was like God’s love, provision and grace had come full circle and the only response can be gratitude. May we be intentional in seeing and reflecting upon God’s ever-encircling steadfast love and faithfulness in the midst of each season of life and in the midst of all things and be thankful!