With Mother’s Day just a couple weeks ago, and Father’s Day coming up in the next month, it’s natural to reflect on the role that moms and dads play in a child’s life.  I find it so revealing that God uses the parent-child relationship to explain our relationship with Him. Over the years, I have learned so much about the love of God as I have had my own children and have worked with many of the children that attend McKenzie Towne Church. As I have patiently (or not so patiently!) over and over helped kids become more competent in their social skills, or repeatedly answered the same question again and again, I have come to see the endless patience of God as He continues to work in my life to help me grow into the person He’s designed me to be.

Perhaps the biggest, and without question, hardest learning I have ever experienced was through the loss of a child in our family. As we went through the terrible dark valley of grief, I was aware that God the Father understood grief. domain server He chose grief. He chose to experience the heart ripping agony of loss when He chose to let His one and only Son die. And because He is God, and time does not bind Him, He knew it was coming from the beginning of time…and still He chose it. That moment of realization for me was the moment I had the best understanding of the love of God. For me, for you, for all of us—the God of all chose death and grief so we could have life and joy.

As we celebrate the amazing richness of parenting, please know that God the Father loves you beyond reason, beyond measure, and beyond all circumstances.

John 3:16—“For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”