Flu Shots and a Loving Parents 'Comforting Embrace'

Today we took the kids to get flu shots. Man does that suck!

One of the worst situations I've faced as a parent is watching my kids experience pain and being unable to do anything about it. I was standing over the kids this morning trying to distract them when the nurse stuck the needle in their leg and gave them the shot. Seeing their little faces contort, tears burst from their eyes, and their checks blush red while they held their breathes before screaming was not fun.

The ironic benefit of the situation is that the feeling of closeness in the 'comforting embrace' is almost unrivaled. Picking my kids up, holding them close and reassuring them of my love is wonderful. I consider it a blessing.

I think the evidence of Scripture is that our heavenly Father walks a similar gamut of emotions with us, his children. He hates to see us in pain, struggling through the negative and painful consequences of our choices. But he longs to hold us and pull us close and comfort us, reassuring us of his love and goodness and tenderness.

In Luke 13 Jesus exclaimed, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!"

This is one of the rare times in Scripture that God refers to himself in the feminine and it is a perfect example of God's desire to gather you and I into his 'comforting embrace' during our times of pain.