"Stop that! Quit! What are you doing? Were you raised in a barn? How many times have I told you NOT to do that?" Those of you who know me and my children, know that these are things I say repeatedly on a daily basis. I often find myself wondering how these children, who certainly know better, can constantly find things to do and say that are completely against what they have been taught. Then I have to think of myself, "Surely the Lord Himself thinks these VERY same things about me!" How often does He shake His head in bewilderment at me and the the things I say and do? As our Heavenly Father, I can see Him looking down on all of His children wondering where He went wrong.
On the other hand, I also know that no matter how angry or disappointed I become with some of the choices my children make, my love for them never changes, and my hope that they learn from their mistakes is always there. That has to be the feeling God has for all of us, His children, as we continue to make mistakes and fall short of His teachings. In this time of Lent, let us all be mindful and thankful for the mercy and forgiveness He shows us daily.
"To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against Him and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God by walking in His laws, which He set before us by His servants and prophets." Daniel 9: 9-10.
- Jennifer Davis