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By Jan Knicely
Associate In Ministry Emeritus Holy Trinity Lutheran Sidney 

Incredible love


Recently, we were blessed with the birth of our 13th great-grandchild … a sweet little baby girl. We have not yet met her nor will we be able to see her anytime soon. Distance makes it very difficult. 

Yet, in spite of the distance, our hearts are full of love for her and we know so much about her through pictures and updates from her parents and grandparents. However, at this stage of her life, she has no idea how much she is loved by us. Our prayer is that someday she will know us and love us in return.

This reminded me of a quote by author Roy Lessin: “From the moment your life began, you had a Father in heaven who wanted you to know His heart and His incredible love for you.”

In the same way babies have no idea how much they are loved by their family, we children of God often don’t realize how much God loves us and how much He wants us to know His heart. God continues to love us and wants us to draw close to Him and love Him in return. He knows all about us and cares about all that happens to us. He continues to reveal Himself to us through the Holy Spirit, through the message of His love found in scripture, through pastors and teachers, through parents, grandparents, and by His constant presence in our lives. His desire is for us to return that love to Him and those around us. “Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us.” I John 3:1

As we bestow love upon our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, we must not forget to share with them the knowledge that will last through eternity. Let us always remind them that they do, indeed, have a Heavenly Father who has an incredible love for them and pray they will one day know His heart and walk daily with Him.

Lord, help us to gently guide your children, big and small. We know they are precious in your sight.


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