Jude 2 (there’s only one chapter in the book of Jude, so it’s sort of equivalent to Jude 1:2, but there’s no second chapter of Jude [weren’t they a singing group??], so there are no chapters at all, and the verse is the only number.  First Corinthians 13 is the love chapter.  Jude 13 is a verse.) got lost in the parentheses.  I’ll try again.

Jude 2 is a verse I’m glad I didn’t have to invoke today.

Relax, everything’s going to be all right; rest, everything’s coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!

What’s wrong with that, you rightly ask?  Nothing at all.  2 Timothy 3:16 says

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness

And Jude is in the Bible, and therefore part of Scripture.  So where’s the disconnect?

The verse hit me strongly because of the phrase “open your hearts”.  At the time I read it, my favorite niece, Caroline, was in a situation where she might have needed open-heart surgery.  She has a pacemaker, and one of the leads had broken and was not working as it should, meaning her heart was not working as it should, meaning Caroline was not playing and growing and singing and dancing and going to school as she should.

One of the potential outcomes was complete replacement of the pacemaker.  Essentially, open-heart surgery.

Turns out that it wasn’t needed.  The fix was minimally invasive, and Caroline only spent a single night in the hospital, coming home today.  Much prayer had gone up in her behalf, and God blessed her yet again.

I’m glad to be posting these pictures as a celebration of a girl who’s sleeping in her own bed tonight.

Sometimes she touches her pacemaker, just like I play with my beard

She loves to read

and play with her food, even if it is plastic

In our new house, standing near the corner of the living room

She likes cupcakes

On her way to see her birthday present – a playset

She likes it!

Reading with Aunt Bettie

And smiling at the world (as she often does)

She has a birthday coming up this week. Happy birthday, Caroline!