During this time of sheltering-in-place one of the many things all can work on is spending time with our sons and daughters. There is much comedic banter about the challenges and difficulties of parenting. And yes, parenting does come with its challenges. However, we ought to use this time as opportunity to enjoy our sons and daughters.
Malachi 4:5-6 talks about the prophet coming to declare the day of the Lord and to turn the hearts of the parents to the children and the hearts of the children to their parents. It goes on to suggest that if families are not restored the land will be cursed.
Families are essential for societies’ survival and success. Yet, we do not live in a family oriented world. We live in a selfish, egocentric world. The economy is selfish, political structures are selfish, churches are selfish, and people are selfish. Often, the notion of family is an after thought amidst being played as a pawn in the name of some ulterior motivated cause or campaign. It is hardly the goal. Systems, structures, causes, and programs are dependent on broken homes, abandoned sons, neglected daughters, missing mothers, and failed fathers.
Use this time to break curses, restore relationships, offer forgiveness, receive efforts, and pursue reconciliation.