For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; He will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. - Revelation 7:17
I chose this verse for Gabe, because the only way I make it through any day without him is imagining him in Heaven, before the throne of God. This verse helps me picture him there, but also gives me hope that when I finally arrive, all this pain and sadness will be over. And he'll wipe every tear away from my eyes... and Gabe and I will finally hang out together beside those living water streams with our Shepherd.
Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; You are mine. - Isaiah 43:1
I LOVE this verse for Jonah. His life is going to be so challenging, and I always want him to know and rest in the fact that God KNOWS him. Regardless of his physical pain and struggle, ultimately God has saved him. Jonah is HIS. My prayer for Jonah is that he can get through anything, knowing that the Father knows him by name. Fear not, Jonah. You belong to Jesus.
And another reason I love this verse - Matt sings this song to Jonah often, and I'm usually fighting back tears the whole time. Something about watching a father sing this song to his son gives it so much more power. Now that I'm a parent, these verses are so much more meaningful. I feel like, as much as I humanly can, I understand that kind of love. I feel it myself and see it in Matt's eyes for Jonah every day. It's a beautiful thing.
(I don't think you'll be able to hear this unless you have external speakers.)