So great is the Father’s love
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass,
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children-
18 with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
Today, DD really tested my patience to its uttermost limits. Several times throughout the day. And after trying to keep my cool and address every issue in a calm and composed manner in the morning and afternoon, I finally. really. lost it in the evening.
I never like nights to end on sour notes, as I like as much as possible to keep bedtime a pleasant and happy way to end the day. So when I tucked her in tonight, as she sought my forgiveness and I hers, we also both prayed for God’s forgiveness. And I was reminded of how every time we sin and go to God with heads hanging and hearts contrite, He forgives. Time and time again. The slate is wiped clean.
Verse 8 of the Psalm says “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever”. Verse 12 goes on to say “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
As a sinful, imperfect and fallible parent, I thank God for His unfailing mercy to me. I am grateful and humbled that He covers over my multitude of sins, that where I fail, His grace protects. Pours a healing balm. Restores and makes anew.
And I am reminded how I so need to strive to do the same with DD – be slow to anger, be abounding in love, to forgive and start over, regardless of how many times she tests the boundaries and is disobedient. This is only the beginning of the parenting journey, there are so many more years ahead that my patience and love will be tested again and again, and in greater degrees each time. May God grow in me His love, His patience, His compassion, His grace…for the days ahead.
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