We awoke to snow this morning to several inches of lovely white flakes. I’ve heard that each one is uniquely shaped. I’ve observed that each one is delicate and temporal.
Like snow flakes, each of our children is uniquely shaped, special, one-of-a-kind. Each is made specially crafted by our unique, One-of-a-kind Creator. Since He is all-wise, He knows what He is doing and has a good purpose by what He makes. This truth is universal, including even those of us who are distorted or troubled, those of us still caught in habits that hurt.
Like snow, children are a little “flakey,” too. But then, so are we adults. Flakey can add fun to the mix.
Like snow, children need to be treated with care. I remember trying to view a snow flake under a microscope. It was hard work to avoid crushing it. We need to be gentle with our children.
Like snow flakes, each child is temporary in the family. We bring him home small, blink our eyes, and he is grown and gone.
Children are a blessing from the Lord. Enjoy them before you blink. Play with them. I remember making snow angels with the kids. In one location, we had an acre of land and so when it snowed, the kids shuffled paths into the snow and a game of tag ensued. Dragging our sleds down the road aways, we hiked into the hills across from the house to go sledding together. We made snow cream for a treat.
Thank the Lord for them. This is probably more important when family life is chaotic and disrupted than when it is smooth and peaceful. He is the One who made each child, and each child is a wonder and a gift.
Affirm often. Find positive things to say tell them especially when they have not done something to earn praise. For example, you might tell them that you thanked the Lord for them in your private morning prayer time (assuming that you did). You might express delight in some good attribute that the child has.
“Children are a gift from the Lord” (Ps. 127:3).