Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu
Meditation: When my children say “I love you”, they want to hear the same back from us parents: “I love you, too”. If I ever forget or I do not hear them, they quickly make sure that I hear them, and that I respond. There is power in these words. The words “I love you” carry our children through the often challenging days at school, through moments without friends, through difficult experiences of rejection or judgment, through teasing and through feelings of being excluded. As we parents initiate or respond with those heart felt words, we are embracing the mystery of God.
Prayer: Loving God, You are the one grounding us in Your love. When we get quiet enough, we can hear Your Spirit whisper “I love you”. Our adult sorrows and our frustrations can melt away with these words. Our fear and our stress find a place of refuge. God, you are a “good enough” and available parent to us. As we allow Your love to give us strength and fill us with new courage every day, we then can remain available also to our children. Parenting, what a mystery! Amen
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. 1. John 3:9