Sometimes we use “when” to talk about what once was: “when I was a child, I spoke as a child.”
Sometimes we use “when” to talk about what will someday be: “when we all get to heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be.”
Sometimes we use “when” to talk about what always is: “when I get lonely I think of you.”
So whenever we say “when” help us to remember that you are in it all; you are in our past, you are in our future, and you are in our always.
Let our utterings of “when” become prayers to you; let them become prayers of thanks for your constant presence and let them be prayers of hope and trust that you are working in our lives and in your creation to bring your great purposes about.
Teach us to pay attention to when we say “when.” Let our every uttering of the word serve as a reminder that you are our help in the past, in the present, and in the future …