Isaiah 43:1 – But now thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine." (RSV)
Hebrews 13:5 – Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for He has said, I will never fail you nor forsake you. (RSV)
We live in a world where children are too often left alone and are so much in need of parental love that it's hard to believe, unless you carefully take stock of our times. A casual observance of the daily scene of everyday life is not adequate to get the true picture. The alcohol/drug culture would not have much of a place to take root if parental love had taken root from infancy and had been cultivated through the teenage years. Yes, I know that there are exceptions to all rules.
I have never sat at the death-bed of a child who was mortally wounded in an auto accident and heard the parent say, "If I could do it all over again, I would spend more time at the office." I have heard several say, "If I could do it all over again, I would spend more time with my child and with my family."
The prophet Isaiah knew that God would not forsake us as parents when the going got rough. The writer of Hebrews reminds us that the Lord promised to be with us always. Now it's our time to respond as parents with the same level of faithfulness to our children. We must give an extra effort in our day.
Prayer: O God, may our leading as parents be more by example than by word. Show us the way, and help us to walk in it. Amen.