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Here’s to all the parents out there. Whether your children are newborn beauties or full-fledged adults, parenting during a pandemic is something, isn’t it? OK, so maybe we aren’t “parenting” our adult children, but they will never stop being our “kids.” Regardless of their age, we still worry. We still want to protect them and provide for them.
Both of my children are grown. And now that they have “left the nest,” I crave for their time, their voices, their faces. I’m thankful to God for creating the man who would then create technology. Because of that, I get to see and talk to my children whenever I want. Well, almost whenever.
And after doing my best to protect my two children as they were growing up, they have both taken on roles as protectors themselves. Man, does that make a parent’s eyes water!
Our oldest has just earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and will work on the neuro oncology floor of a Kansas City hospital. She will protect the sick and their families. She will provide hope and love to total strangers who will come in and out of her life.
Our youngest earned the title of United States Marine in 2019 and is currently living in North Carolina. He will protect his brothers and sisters in the military. He will provide hope for our nation, for people he will never know and who will never know him.
They are grown adults yet here I am, continuing to pray for them everyday — for their safety, their resilience, their courage. Just because they are grown, I have not stopped being their parent. I have not stopped trying to give them advice. I have definitely not stopped wanting to give them everything I can.
Sometimes, I’m a little jealous of the parents out there who are spending their currently “quarantined” days with their children safely under their rooftops. But I also find comfort in knowing God is the ultimate protector. And He is also parenting during this pandemic. We are the “kids” in His eyes.
He tells us not to worry: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6
He reminds us to trust Him: “Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.” – Psalm 62:8
And He offers His everlasting protection: “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” – Psalm 32:7
So let us not forget that we as parents can and should always lean on the ultimate parent in times of anxiety, uncertainty and loneliness. God has us in His hands.
Dear Lord, I pray for our nation and our world. I pray you use me as needed, to show others your love and grace, whether those individuals are my children, my family, my friends or strangers. I pray you provide us all with the courage to see this through and the resilience to overcome these uncertain times. It’s in Jesus name I pray — Amen.