A newborn baby …. so, so precious. A newborn granddaughter …. even more so! We were blessed with Rory, our 8th grandchild, in early April, and for me, holding a tiny new grandchild never gets old! Watching the older grandchildren through the years has been a joy and an adventure, so the overwhelming rush of love for this new family member was expected but also somewhat surprising – this little one who can do nothing to earn such outpouring of love! She is so dependent, so helpless - yet so thoroughly desired, loved and delighted in!
This great love for a tiny infant is such a powerful reminder to me that God loves me so much more than I can love our new little one and that God sees me as His precious child – beloved, even. These are strong words – I am precious to God. I am beloved to God. I am the beloved daughter of the Most High God. He loves me infinitely more than I can love our newborn Rory.
YOU, too, are the beloved child of the Most High God. We who can do nothing to earn such love – we who are totally dependent on God’s love and care for us! Infants give us such a great opportunity to stop and remember – and ponder – that as much as we love our grandchildren that God loves us infinitely more!
Jesus tells us that we must be like children in order to enter the kingdom. I believe one aspect of that is to be totally dependent on Him – in much the same way Rory is totally dependent on her parents, trusting them to provide what she needs. Rory can get pretty vocal at times about such needs, but she is trusting that her needs will be met. I, too, can be vocal about my needs, but I too need to trust God that all my needs will be met, while remembering always that my needs and my wants are not necessarily the same.
Thank you, Lord, for the gift of children and grandchildren. Help us to see how you love each of us as your children with an infinitely greater love than we can possibly have for our little ones! Amen.
AUTHOR: PEG MCCLELLAN
I have lived all my life in the west side of Council Bluffs and have always been a member of one of the west side churches that have come together as Corpus Christi parish. Deacon Bob and I will be married 46 years this summer, and God has walked closely with us throughout all these years. Our children, their spouses and our 8 grandchildren take up much of our focus, along with our various ministries and committees here at our parish. I currently work part-time as a legal administrative assistant at a downtown Omaha law firm and have just begun watching our youngest granddaughter each afternoon while her mom works.