“May God bless and keep you always, May your wishes all come true, May you always do for others And let others do for you. May you build a ladder to the stars And climb on every rung, May you stay forever young,” Bob Dylan “Forever Young”
Today my son Will went to the dentist to have a couple of cavities filled. In the past the dentist was kind of fun; some brushing, some flossing, some pictures and a chance to watch cartoons on the TV overhead. This time it was not. I sat in the waiting room and heard the sound of Will crying out from the back, “I want my Daddy!” It tore my heart to stay in my seat and let the dentist do his job.
In my short time as a parent I have discovered that this is the hardest part. Seeing or hearing your child in pain is agonizing. All I want to do is go to him and take him away from the hurt. But at the dentist, I know its something he must go through. Pain is as important a part of life pleasure. Next time I try to get Will to brush his teeth he will remember this pain. But that doesn’t make listening to your son cry any easier.
I believe that the the single most difficult moment in the bible is when Jesus, suffering on the cross, says “My God My God, why have you forsaken me!” It’s the cry of “I want my Daddy!” on an epic scale. Would I, you, or any parent have been able to withstand that cry and not intervene. There is no greater proof of God’s love for us than that single moment.
“For God SO LOVED the world that he gave up his only son to suffering and death.”
My quote today is from my favorite song, it’s the song I sang to my sons in the cradle, on my Ipod its tagged as “most played”. It remains my fervent wish for my children throughout their life.
In Lent, and every other day of the year, if we hope to understand God’s meaning and purpose in our lives, it is paramount to remember what God was willing to do for each of us.
“My God My God why have you forsaken Me!”