Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished.
Once again, I am taking things slightly out of context…but I can do that as this IS my ‘blog’ (of course, as readers you can feel free to call me on this).
I believe that this Gospel reminds us that our children do pay attention to what we say and do; they learn how to handle situations from what they see us do…and I have found that it is not just our younger children who learn from us, our older ones do too, even though it may often seem like they do not notice what we do!
As parents (single or otherwise) who are also people of faith, we are called to be good models to our children, providing them with a good example of how to meet the challenges and joys of life: the challenges we meet with our faith in God’s presence and with the support and love of those around us; the joys we celebrate with humility and grace…always grateful for God’s gifts.
As followers of Christ are called to live our faith out-loud as an example to our children on how they too can live their lives in faith, no matter what may come their way.
Of course this is a lot of responsibility, but then any parenting can be a big job (single parenting all the more so)!! The good news is that we do not need to be perfect, only to do the best we can on a daily basis; and then trust in God to take care of the results.
Sometimes the results can be a bit disheartening at first, as we see our children going in directions we may not approve of, or are down-right destructive, but even in these cases we should not lose hope because God is with us all, and we can have faith that if we do our best to be good examples of living in faith, our lessons will be learned in time.
My parents were good examples to me, but I did not want to follow them at first, and my life went off track, but when I got sick and tired of being sick and tired (all the time) there lessons came back to me, and helped me to find recovery and to become a better person…so even if it seems like our kids are not paying attention, the truth is that they are, and in that truth there is always hope.
Let us Pray
God, please help us to be examples of faith in action for our children; help us to show them how to handle both adversity and success with grace, and let them know it is okay to reach out to others for support. Thank you for the opportunity of raising our children as single parents, and for the support, help and love you give us along the way. Thank you also for giving us hope, even during the darkest times, that things can always get better, because you are with us.