“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11: 11-13
I worry about my kids. No, there is no reason to worry- they are bright, successful adults with careers and families of their own, and they are quite competent and able to navigate this world just fine. But I am a dad, and I love them, and I want to make sure that they are OK, happy and moving ahead well in life.
Until I was a parent, I did not understand the love of a parent. Yes, my parents loved me and cared for me, but I had not experienced that love on the other end yet. As a parent, the world looks a bit different. If you are a parent yourself, you know what I mean.
We may not be fully able to understand God’s love for us until we experience loving our children. God cares for each of us in ways that we really cannot completely appreciate, I think. One of the mysteries of life I suppose.
Luke’s discussion about the love of human fathers, in comparison to the love of our heavenly father, is both enlightening and humbling.
What a reassurance of God’s love for us.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the model of parental love, Amen