Bless the Lord, all you his chosen ones,
and may all of you praise his majesty.
Celebrate days of gladness, and give God praise.
Recent exposure to some less-than-uplifting television offerings gave me reason to long for the good old days. I fondly recall watching Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood with my sons. Because I was a teacher who sometimes struggled to keep my students’ attention, it amazed me that the mild-mannered Fred Rogers could captivate Mike and Tim for the duration of his show. I admit that I enjoyed each episode as much as my sons did, perhaps more so.
By the time 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 reasonable job of making them feel loved. They were and continue to be loved more than I can ever put into words. Still, regardless of the similar 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 feel rejected, unloved and lonely 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 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. When you meet face to face, God will clear up any doubt you may have in this regard.
Loving God, thank you for choosing each of us to be your precious child. Remind us that you love us often, especially when this world tries to convince us otherwise.
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