01 Jan 2001

Enjoy The Roses Without Thorns

Beatrice is a middle aged teacher reaching her fiftieth birthday. She grew up in a happy family of three children. As a good aunty with spare time for nieces and nephews, she often willingly babysits for her brother’s family. She also gets along well very well with our three active children who enjoy reading and talking to her while they play on her bed. However, Beatrice would not be left alone with little children. She is afraid that she may not be able to handle emergencies or their naughtiness all by herself. Honestly, she confesses.

"I would rather enjoy children without having to bear the responsibility for them!"

I gather some mothers feel the same, especially while disciplining children with unbendable strong wills. Yet, they are ours to hold and to hug, to train even when they sulk! Father, You who have brought up generation after generation of rebellious children, help us to endure the thorns while enjoying the roses, we pray!

For Meditation and Prayer:
Luke 18:16-17
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
James 1:5