Parents And Children

Monday, April 13, 2015
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Matthew 19:14 – But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." (ESV)

Sadly, I have lost both mum and dad in recent months, and all now I have to speak into their absence are the memories and pictures taken.

I remember a time when we were caravanning. We were sited on the bottom edge of a field far enough up the slope from some gorse bushes to be able to see the sea. I was sitting in the driver's seat of the car with the window open, turning the steering wheel and winding the window up and down. Dad had been given the job of keeping an eye on me, as he was touching up the odd chip on the car paintwork.

Having mastered the art of steering, my attention then turned to the shiny button on the handbrake lever next to me, and being an inquisitive sort of a child copying my father, I pressed the button and allowed the handbrake lever to go down.

I think time stood still for dad in that moment, as the chip he was carefully painting started to move down the slope on its own. Then, momentarily frozen to the spot, his demeanour changed from annoyance to abject horror as the car gently rolled off down the field towards the bushes with increasing speed.

Stung into action, dad dived for the open window and reached over me to clasp and pull up the handbrake. Thus, the car came to a slow stop several feet further down the field. This was followed by a certain amount of pandemonium and consternation by dad, and then later, by mum towards dad! Of course, as a very small boy, I had no ability to see the cliff just the other side of the hedge. I wondered what all the fuss was about!

Oftentimes, we are totally unaware of the danger we put ourselves in, just because we had the opportunity to do something daft, be it physically, mentally, or spiritually.

Most often, it is only after the event that we become aware as Christians that God has been watching over us for our good. God loves us. So in those moments, hours, days, or weeks when our life has started rolling towards the precipice, but God has not yet reached in to pull the handbrake, let us still trust in His providential care that protects us from everything outside His will.

Prayer: Lord, we thank You for those fond memories of loving parents who wanted the best for us and who did their best to bring us up right as they saw it. We rejoice in Your perfect parenthood over us, and them, to want the same. Bring us all home safe at last into Your kingdom. We pray for all those loved ones who are not yet in the kingdom, that You would save them from themselves. Grant us the right words and actions to bring them into Your embrace, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you for this mornings devotional.

    Amen, Rod. It is always good to see your name on a devotional.

    So sorry about the loss of your parents but you are Right. Our heavenly father is there to look over us.

    Rod: I do so enjoy your devotionals. You always have something so down to earth and everyday happenings to share. Thank you. Blessings.

    Good to see your writings again! And sorry about your mum and dad — but what a story. I wonder how many times a parent has saved us from harm – and then God too – from our own foolishness.

    Hi Rod,
    Sad to hear about your loss of both parents. It is our faith and our fine memories that carry us through life..

    Dear Rod Marshall,
    Thank you for the devotional. The excitement of the car rolling backwards was well done.
    May God bless you in your bereavements and keep you writing.

    Good one Rod, nice to see you in print again!
    May your week ahead be a good one… or, as they say.. Make your week ahead a good one.
    God be with you and your family.

    Rod – thank you for sharing. I’m sorry to hear about the passing of your mom and dad. Hold on to those special memories.
    May God’s peace abide with you always.

    Good morning Rod:
    Your meditation is superb. It is very often the things that we choose for ourselves that do the greatest damage. I appreciate your thoughts on the subject and feel that your prayer is specifically directed to me. Thank you.

    Dear Rod:
    My sympathies on the loss of your parents.
    Thank you for your beautiful words of hope and encouragement. I could fully relate to your words.
    God bless and keep you.

    Thank you Rod for your devotional today. I have an adult son that, as yet, has not accepted Jesus as his saviour but I continue to pray daily for him and my daughter-in-law. Your devotional just reinforces my knowledge that God works in His own time “His wonders to perform”. I prayed for my father for many years and 3 days before he passed he found Jesus.
    Thanks again for your devotional and I wish you and your family HIS blessings always.

    A Great message Rod.

    Good analogy and lesson Rod. God bless.

    Thank you for this reminder of God’s great care. Blessings.

    What a beautiful parable for us all. Also a pleasure to ‘hear’ your voice again.

    Hello Rod.
    Greetings from Ontario, Canada. Thank you for your recent submission which appeared in the PresbyCan Daily Devotional our church receives via email. Stories of our own childhood and our relationships with our parents remind us of the immeasurable love God has for us.
    I woould like to, with your permission, reprint your article titled Parents and Children in a future issue of our church newsletter.
    Thanks so much for your consideration.

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