Children need the strong foundation of Love

IMG_2494Monday I made my way to Connecticut to begin my two-week grand-parenting odyssey. Naomi met me at the Providence airport, with David, and I was very pleased that he recognized me well enough to trot over and offer me a hug.

Rebekah (Beks), on the other hand, was less impressed. She’d been with her daddy, and was completely contented when he handed her over. She looked at me, grimaced, looked back at her mama, smiled, took another look at me, and commenced to cry.

IMG_2506Ready or not, Naomi and Craig are heading to Italy tomorrow afternoon and it’ll be all granddaddy Derek, all the time.

There will be a few tears, I know that, but I have every confidence things will shake out nicely in a day or so. My grandchildren’s lives have been built on a foundation of love, and there’s nothing stronger or more reliable in the universe.

When love is the solid rock on which a family is built, then the children can explore, learn, test, grow, and flourish without fear.

The more consistent the application, then the more confidence runs through the life of the parents and into the kids. I can’t begin to guess the number of times Rebekah and I have said that the best thing any set of parents can do for their children is to love one-another well.

1970360_10100229187823062_1711041505_nThere is no amount of money, no fancy house, no extravagant indulgence, no private school, no expensive gift, no privilege of rank or membership, that can begin to compete with the security, the freedom, and the peace of spirit that lavish a child’s world when their home is built around self-giving love.

That’s the story I want to tell and re-tell while I’m here; that’s the life I see David and Beks growing into; that’s the testimony I want our family to keep on sharing with this broken, struggling, fractious world.

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:16-19)

– DEREK

 

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