Yesterday I spoke with a couple whose son became severely ill when he was just five years old. With raw emotions, the husband and wife described how their child collapsed—and their subsequent mad dash to the hospital.

Test results ultimately revealed he has type 1 diabetes, a destructive disease that takes a hard toll on a person’s body, requiring him to use insulin for the rest of his life (barring the discovery of a cure!).

As my friends have lovingly cared for their child and ensured he never misses glucose tests and insulin shots, they’ve gained insight into the truth of Psalm 103:13, which says, “As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him” (ESV).

This trial has shown them the depth of love for their child, and brought them closer to their heavenly Father, who “is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love” (Psalm 103:8). God demonstrates His compassion for us in that He “gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly” (Psalm 103:6); “will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever” (Psalm 103:9); “does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve” (Psalm 103:10); and “has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12).

Despite the pain and challenges, my friends and their son are quick to testify to God’s compassion, unfailing love, and His salvation (Psalm 103:17). And just as they would never forget their son and his needs, they know that God remembers and cares for them (Isaiah 49:15-16).

On the days when we’re weary and the trials mount, may we also find our hope and joy in the unwavering love of our faithful heavenly Father.

NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Genesis 24:1-27