The Best Parent

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“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!”—ISAIAH 49:15 NIV

Everyone has a mother. She might not have raised you or even been a good mother, but everyone was given birth to by a mother. Mother’s Day is a day when we acknowledge and appreciate how hardworking and sacrificial moms are. But sometimes it can be a painful reminder of the deficiencies of our parents. Or of ourselves as parents. Or of the loss of a parent. Maybe your mom left your family when you were young, or was so consumed by her own pain that she didn’t know how to be a good parent to you. Maybe you’re a mother with a child who has made painful and disappointing choices and you blame yourself, at least in part. What is supposed to be a day of celebration comes mixed with pain.

When we turn our lives over to Jesus, we get adopted into a new family with a perfect Father. No matter what our childhood years were like, God loves us better than any earthly parent can. He will never leave us. He walks beside us through every situation. Let Him heal your hurts.

Today's Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we thank You for welcoming us into Your family and for being the perfect Father to us. Help us remember to thank You and to come to You with all of our needs. Amen.

Adapted from Strength & Grace: Daily Devotions for Caregivers, a new publication from Guideposts