Parent vs. Spouse

SCRIPTURE:  Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good. Psalm 25:6-7 NIV

THOUGHT: One of the reasons marriage is so challenging is that our spouse knows our flaws…and very well. After a few years, they can almost predict what we’ll say, how we’ll react to given situations, and how much frustration they will feel when we “do that thing” that makes them crazy. Can I hear an “amen?”

But, somehow, almost magically, it’s different with our kids. Why is it they can drive us bonkers for long periods of time and we forgive and forget and always believe the best in them? I have a hunch this is the reason why God calls us his children and is waiting a very loooooong time for this wedding feast of the lamb that Scripture talks about. On that day, we’ll be perfected, and Jesus will have no regrets about his bride. Until then, we pray for the mercy, great love, forgiveness and forgetfulness of a very good Father.

PRAYER: Oh God, do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good.

Blogger Amy Clemens is the author of Walking When You’d Rather Fly: Meditations on Faith After the Fall. In it she explores childhood sexual abuse and how it impacted her faith (or lack thereof) for four decades. You’ll find not only her story, but better yet, the Big Story of God.

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