“When” is a word that can look either forward or backward.
So we can say, “When I was in the first grade,” in which case “when” points to a time in the past when something happened.
Or we can say, “When I go to the store I will buy some milk,” in which case “when” points to a time in the future when we expect something to happen.
Lord, help us to deal appropriately with our “whens” that refer to our past. Help us to forgive what needs to be forgiven, to cherish what deserves to be cherished, and to learn from it all.
Lord, help us to deal appropriately with our “whens” that refer to our future. Help us to plan according to our best insight, to avoid pinning all our hopes or fears on what may or may not happen, and to trust our future to you.
When we look backward and when we look forward, help us to look through the lenses of faith, grace, and hope.