al my kinders (afrikaans for “all my children”) is a phrase that has become commonplace in our home recently. ruben is 2 and a bit, and with the arrival of his sister, cate, has had to share his parents’ attention. elaine, the mother of my two children, has taken to having both of them on her lap and to reassuring ruben with the phrase “al twee my kinders” (both of my children) but ruben has shortened it to al my kinders… now, whenever he is sitting near his mother and his sister he proudly proclaims: al my kinders!!!
jesus is reported to have said once: “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (matthew’s gospel, chapter 7)
so what’s this thing about God’s Justice needing to be placated, propitiated, etc. ?
If we, who are not perfect parents, know how to accomodate the whims and insecurities of our young children, how much more is a Heavenly God able to do such “accomodation” - and even more….? I think some of us haven’t even begun to grasp the extent of care that is available to all creation…