Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,
I Peter 1:3-4
This inspiring monument was designed by the father of Matthew Stanford Robison. Matthew’s life was cut short by significant trauma which deprived him of oxygen at birth. He was not expected to live, but though blind and partially paralyzed, he lived to age 11.
I was so moved at seeing this beautiful tribute, that I knew I wanted to share it. It has some level of fame, as it has become a tourist attraction in its home in Salt Lake City, Utah. I, however, had not become aware of it until recently.
I was struck by the statement of hope that the father expressed for his son. That son, crippled at birth, is now experiencing freedom that he never knew on earth. This boy, reaching toward heaven, sees that as his true home- the place where he will be forever free.
Think of the faith and hope of that family. Where there is great pain, there is also the possibility of redeeming that pain. This statue sums that up for me in a beautiful way.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the plans for eternal hope and full freedom, Amen