Always God’s Children
By Megan Lacourrege
“Mom, I need help!”
I can count on hearing these words echo through my house regularly. I always wonder what I’m going to find. A spill? A request for help reaching something high up? An invitation to play a game?
Parents are undeniably needed by their young children. Even the most independent child can be found calling for mom or dad when the need arises.
As we grow older, our direct physical needs from parents may become less and less. Yet, I’m not sure that we ever lose the need for the emotional and relational support of a parent. I believe we still desire to be validated, nurtured and encouraged. These desires may feel largely unfulfilled for the person whose parent has died, lives far away, is emotionally or relationally distant/absent or is even abusive.
No matter what our backgrounds are with our own parents, God has invited us to be his children. He asks us to call him ‘father’. He gives us Jesus as a brother. He prepared Mary to not just be the mother of his son, but of the whole world!
What generosity that God would allow us to be a part of his own holy family! No matter how old we get, we can always be his precious little ones!
I hope that whenever I find myself in need of the TLC even a parent can use from time to time, I can just as freely as my daughter call out to heaven, “Help me, father! Help me, mother!” God and Mother Mary want to support us. Will we allow them to lift us up?