Chosen and Loved!

Bless the Lord, all you God’s chosen ones…
From Tobit 13:8

During a recent visit, Grandpa and I watched an episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood with our grandson. This program is an outgrowth of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. I fondly recall introducing our sons to Fred Rogers. It never ceased to amaze me that the mild-mannered Mr. Rogers managed to captivate the boys for the duration of every show. The truth is that I enjoyed each episode as much as my sons did, perhaps more so.

I say this because when we became parents, I think my husband and I understood the importance of feeling special and important, wanted and cherished far more than our sons understood these things. As a result, 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 vowed then and there that, should I ever have children of my own, they would know that they are loved no matter what!

When we feel rejected, unloved and lonely, 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 God’s chosen one. God loves YOU even more than I love my sons and far 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 loving each one of us as your precious child. Please give us the wisdom to never forget just how loved we are!

©2019 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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Special, indeed!

Bless the Lord, all you his chosen ones…
From Tobit 13:8

During a recent overnight stay, our granddaughters asked to watch a Charlie Brown CD. Since we hadn’t yet had the television on, we all happily settled in to enjoy the show. Because I know every Peanuts offering by heart, my mind began to wander to similar viewings some years ago…

I fondly recalled watching Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood with my sons. It never ceased to amaze me that the mild-mannered Fred Rogers always captivated Mike and Tim for the 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 vowed I 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 God’s chosen one. God loves YOU even more than I love my sons and more than you will ever know until you meet face to face. That day, God will clear up any doubt you have!

Loving God, thank you for calling each one of us your precious child.

©2016 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Special Are You!

Bless the Lord, all you his chosen ones,
and may all of you praise his majesty.
Celebrate days of gladness, and give God praise.

Tobit 13:8

Though it was decades ago, I fondly recall watching Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood with my sons. It never ceased to amaze me that the mild-mannered Fred Rogers could captivate Mike and Tim for the duration of his show. The truth is that I enjoyed each episode as much as my sons did, maybe 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 because they were and continue to be loved more than I can ever put into words. Still, regardless of the good efforts of those around us, many of us feel devalued, unwanted and unimportant. In spite of my parents’ best efforts, I recall my own childhood moments of dejection and loneliness. It was then that I vowed I would assure my future children that they are loved no matter what!

We all find ourselves rejected, seemingly unloved and steeped in loneliness at one time or another. In spite of the best efforts of others, we convince ourselves that there is no one who really cares about us. So it is that today I echo the words of the One who inspired Fred Rogers in the first place: Celebrate days of gladness and give God praise because YOU are God’s chosen one. YOU are loved by God even more than I love my sons and more than you will ever know until you meet face to face and God clears up any doubt you may have!

Loving God, thank you for choosing each one of us to be your precious child whom gift with your absolute and enduring love. Remind us of this love often, especially when this world tries to convince us otherwise.

©2014 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved