Just as a father loves his children, So the Lord loves those who fear and worship Him [with awe-filled respect and deepest reverence].
Psalms 103:13 AMP
As good earthly parents, moms and dads, grandparents, aunties, and uncles, we serve as important role models. We shower our children with care and tenderness, kiss away boo-boos, and, when needed, discipline in love. Throughout those tough teenage years, we strive to keep the lines of communication open amid the silence, remaining vigilant of the happenings in their lives. We are there to help them through their firsts–the joys and the disappointments. It's a formidable job without a “how-to” guide, relying on what we observed from our parents, life experiences, and much prayer--prayer for our children and ourselves and seeking forgiveness when we fail.
As earthly parents, we have just a tiny fraction of the parenting abilities of our Heavenly Father. He knew us before we were formed and the number of our days. He provides for our every need, picks us up when we fall, and forgives when we err and repent. God knows so much about us and desires us to know him. Not just a nodding acquaintance, but an actual lasting knowledge–to know him for who he is, our most loving parent, and to honor and respect him.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for your grace and for being your beloved children. In your love, you sent your Son to die for our sins and the Holy Spirit to comfort and lead us. We confess we failed to show you the “awe-filled respect and deepest reverence” you deserve; forgive us, we pray. Help us remember the extent of your grace and extend that love to all your children. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.