Go then and rejoice over the children…
From Tobit 13:13
After reading a book about Daniel Tiger to my grandsons, our conversation turned to Mr. Rogers who created the beloved tiger puppet decades ago…
I happily watched Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood with our sons. It never ceased to amaze me that the mild-mannered Fred Rogers managed to captivate Mike and Tim for the entire duration of his show. The truth is that I enjoyed each episode as much as my sons did, perhaps more so. I say this because, when I became a parent, I understood the importance of feeling special and important, wanted and cherished more than my sons did. I think their dad and I did a reasonably good job of making them feel loved.
Sadly, regardless of the efforts of those around us, many of us feel devalued, unwanted and unimportant. In spite of my parents’ best efforts, I experienced my own childhood moments of dejection and loneliness. I think we all do. Still, I vowed then and there that my own children would know that they are loved no matter what!
When we feel rejected, unloved and are steeped in loneliness, we convince ourselves that no one really cares about us. So it is that I echo the words which inspired Fred Rogers in the first place: YOU are special and I like you just the way you are! Let me add: YOU are God’s chosen one. God loves YOU even more than I love my sons and more than you will ever know until you meet God face to face. On that day, God will clear up any doubt you have!
Loving God, thank you for calling each one of us your precious child and for loving us accordingly.
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