Teaching Our Children To See Goodness and to Love
Finding A Way To Communicate That They Are Never Alone
When I was a teenager, I, like probably many of you, knew I had all of the answers. I also knew that my parents (especially my Dad) did not. One night a heated conversation turned into an argument. I went to bed feeling completely misunderstood, tears rolling down my face. Of course, now, I don’t remember what the argument was about but, I will never forget what happened the next morning.
As I was dressing for the day, I found a note in my dresser. Looking at the handwriting, I knew immediately it was from my Dad. I opened it and read:
“Dear Hannah, I am sorry for the way I treated you tonight. I love you. Even though it is impossible for me to comprehend; I hope you remember that your Father in Heaven loves you even more than I do.”
My Paradigm Shift
It went on, but those are the words I have never forgotten: “Remember your Father in Heaven loves you even more than I do”. Even in the throws of adolescence, I knew my Dad loved me with his whole heart and soul; but, to think that my Heavenly Father loved me even more, changed the way I viewed my relationship with God.
More than twenty years have passed. Life has been full of both happiness and pain. But, I hold on tight to the knowledge that I have a Father in Heaven that loves me unconditionally and is completely accessible anytime, anyplace.
It’s a principle I try to share with my kids in those quiet moments when love is palpable. I want them to know that even when I am not accessible, or when I don’t have the answers, there is Someone who is and who does. Someone who loves them even more (hard to imagine) than me. They have a powerful, loving, always available, Father in Heaven.
P.S. You do too!