Linda Wood Rondeau

Snark & Sensibility

STRANDED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
1/10/2017 1:00:00 AM by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

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I PRAYED FOR PATIENCE GOD GAVE ME CHILDREN

 

A mom’s first aid kit contains kisses

to be amply applied on the forehead

 

Parents spend large portions of their day rescuing their charges from precarious situations. Sometimes our children wander too far into deep water. Too often, their predicaments are the result of foolish indiscretion.

At age three, my son loved to climb. He found a fence ledge and hopped up on it. Before I could reach him, he’d inched along the ledge to a point six feet off the ground. When he looked down, fear replaced his former bravery. He screamed for assistance. I managed to inch him back down the ledge to where he could safely fall into my grasp. I hugged him, kissed him on the cheek, and told him to never climb that ledge again. He nodded agreement while tears rolled down his flushed cheeks.

The older the child, the greater possibility their problems may grow beyond immediate solvability. We are painfully aware that those magic curative kisses are insufficient to heal our teenage daughter’s broken heart. More than ever before, we need to relinquish their care to the watchful eye of the Lord of Lords.

Surrender is painful


As a synagogue leader, Jairus was familiar with the Scriptures. He was ready with perfectly padded answers to the perplexities of life. But when his beloved daughter fell gravely ill, his prefabricated solutions seemed like empty words. Needing something better, Jairus sought the Messiah. He found Jesus surrounded amid clamoring needs only to be told his daughter was already dead. There was no point in disturbing the Master.

With compassion, Jesus told Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe” (Mark 5:36).

Jairus returned with Jesus and a selected few of the disciples. Jesus breathed life into the girl. She arose immediately and was given food to eat. Things were back to normal. All his wealth knowledge and power could not save his daughter. His only hope had been in an obscure, poor carpenter.


Jesus sees when our children are too far out of reach and when our frail kisses are useless.

Our Warrior Savior shields them when our arms are too short

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed,
for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand
(Isaiah 41:10)

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