I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalms 32:8 NIV
If you have children or work closely with children, you can more fully appreciate the role of the parent. Looking back on our parents, we sometimes thought they were unreasonable and overprotective. Wanting always to know what we were doing and who we were doing it with. As a result of teaching us morals, there would be consequences of bad choices which we might have felt unfair. While we subconsciously knew they loved us, we didn't always agree with the lessons. Later, as adults, we recognize the difficult decisions our parents made. Like our parents, we desire what is best for our children, that they are healthy, happy, and prepared to face the world. Sometimes, this means looking to the example of our parents and remembering those hard lessons to accomplish those objectives.
Our Heavenly Father displays boundless love, patience, and compassion. But, unfortunately, as children, we don't always appreciate the depths of his love. Sometimes we can be bratty and rebel, deciding to disregard his advice. We want to go out own way, doing our own thing with whomever we want. However, when we find ourselves in
a jam, he's the first one we call – number one on our speed dial. He hears our prayers and is there, frees us from our mess, he does not ask any questions or make accusations. Instead, he forgives us and directs us back in the way we should go. He does this time after time simply because he loves us.
Father God, we thank you for your boundless love and patience. Thank you for your instruction on the paths of righteousness. Thank you for your forgiveness when we stumble and for restoring us. Please help us to remember the depths of your love. We lift us those raising children that you may direct their paths. We also pray for those who did not have loving parents that you might give them healing, peace, and solace and fill their hearts with forgiveness. We pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.