God’s tender fathering

A few years ago, I saw two juvenile Purple Martins fledge from the Martin house at the end of our boat dock. One of them took off in the morning, with one parent flying alongside until it flew confidently on its own. The other fledgling stayed on its perch for several more hours before it was ready to fly. The second parent waited with it, then took off with it, through a driving rain.

This scene made me think of God’s tender parenting. Christ Jesus clearly understood God to be his—and our—Father. I have always loved that idea because it indicates God’s tenderness, which He expresses to man—to each one of us—His spiritual offspring. 

Peace of mind in a stressful time
September 28, 2020

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