In His Loving Arms | HFTH

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"Love the Lord your God with all your heart." Mark 12:30

I will never forget the story I heard of the dad who took his daughter, then four, for a bicycle ride. Neither she or her daddy realized at the time that he had placed her passenger seat just a little too close to the front wheel of his bicycle. They were flying down the road when the little girl thrust her foot into the spokes. In a moment of panic, both of them were thrown to the pavement. The little girl's tooth was knocked out and her foot bloodied.

"Kneeling over his wounded child after the accident was one of the most painful experiences of my life," said the father. the little girl remembers it as well. She later said, "My daddy gathered me in his arms and ran to the house. He cried as he ran, saying over and over, 'Babe, I'm so sorry I hurt you!' That tenderness of my father on that afternoon has come to symbolize his love for me throughout the years." It was then that this little girl realized, perhaps for the first time, just how precious she is to her father and how deeply he cares about her. It was one of her first pictures of how much GOD LOVES her, too. 

It was then that this little girl realized, perhaps for the first time, just how precious she is to her father and how deeply he cares about her. It was one of her first pictures of how much GOD LOVES her, too. 

Are your children learning about the love of God through your love for them? Are they learning to talk about the Lord, to include Him in their thoughts and plans, to turn to Jesus when they are anxious or lonely? These are questions that all of us, as parents, need to ask ourselves. The best way to encourage intimacy between your kids and the Lord is to demonstrate His love in their lives each day. 

Before you say good night...

  • Are you modeling God's love and tenderness to your kids each day? 
  • How can you help them understand the love of God?
PRAYER: Father, we understand that the best way to teach our children to love You and serve You is to love and serve You ourselves. Forgive us for the times we've hurt our kids, and show us the path that will bring us closer to You. Amen.