21Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
22Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
So it turns out that sometimes you just have to go down into the darkness. Sometimes, it even surprises you. Sometimes it is scary. But so much less scary when your daddy is with you.
Sometimes, you take all seven kids on the subway and meet a lovely older couple who teach Sunday School in Florida and are getting off at the same exit. Sometimes you emerge from the tunnel and find yourself ready for Central Park, walking to Belvedere Castle, having ice cream and lemonade just before it begins to sprinkle, and with kids in awe of a new experience and adventure.
Sometimes it's dark and you have to remind yourself at every stop that it's not your bravery that gives you endurance for the ride. It is because of the Lord's great love, and His compassions that never fail.