I’ll never forget holding my Joshie, just after I gave birth to him. As my beautiful newborn baby boy lay on me with my arms around him, I hugged him gently. I may have been exhausted after an eleven hour labor, but the only feeling I noticed was that of overwhelming love and connection. For sure, it was a magic moment of love and connection to my new baby, but it was more than that as well. So much more. I don’t know how else to put it than to say that I felt such a deep sense of connection to the Universe and to God— the Creator— as well. A sense of connection to God, and a feeling of Love. A feeling of loving God and a feeling, well, really more than a feeling———a KNOWING that God loves me and that God loves my baby as well.
And then, with my mind racing, I started to think about what I wanted for my newborn son. I thought about what kind of life I wanted him to have. I thought about all the challenges and difficulties of growing up today. It all went through my mind so fast. And then somehow I knew that the single most important thing that I could teach my children was just how much God loves them. It was more of a download than a thought. The single most important thing that I could ever possibly teach my children is just how much God loves them. Then I felt so calm. I felt so at peace. A sense of peace that I had gotten the message, that I knew what it’s really all about. And then I cried.
Today I would say that this insight has become my guiding light in parenting. The single most important thing that I could ever possibly teach my children is just how much God loves them. I hope that you too, will become dedicated to teaching your children and the children that you care about just how much God loves them. As mothers, it’s the most important thing we may ever do.