Recently at our church I over heard a new mother speak some words which made my mind spin. I was not a part of this conversation but simply one of the women standing by a group talking. This comment was made by a new mother. Well, not really a brand new mother, she had just had her second baby in the last four weeks. Her words were spoken, after the baptism, of her second child. After the service many people were gathered around to see this new little babe and to congratulate the parents. Her older son is about 3 years old and was acting out a little. It can only be expected because he is not getting the attention plus he just had to sit for an whole hour. The mother than said, "You know, he is really bad. I had know idea what he was like but now that I have been home for a few weeks with him, I have realized how bad he is. "
This mother does not even know her child. She works and probably carts him off to day care every day and then picks him up a few hours before his bed time. How utterly sad I found her statement to be. To not even know your own child that had been given to you by God. Our Heavenly Father has given us these children to raise for Him, and some of us do not know our children. We only have 18 years to make an impression on these little people. We only have a few short years where we can hold and kiss them. We can not cuddle an 8 yr. old like we can a wee baby. When our children our 30, we can go back and relive those precious years of their childhood. We only get the chance to see it once. We only get a chance to kiss a scraped knee so many times before they are big enough to handle the pain. We only have one shot at being a parent. We only have one lifetime to know our children.
I am brave enough to to stay home with my children. I am brave enough to have them not like me when they must be punished. I am brave enough to love them until my heart breaks. God also loves us so much that his heart was broken once. He sacrificed His own Son to pay for all of our sins. His Son Jesus paid for all of the times that we do not love our children, for the times when we do not want to know them, for all of the times that we do not want to do our jobs. All of these sins were paid for with Jesus blood on the cross. Not only the sins I mentioned but every sin ever committed upon this earth that God made. Deo Gratias Thanks Be To God.