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Exodus 16:9 Draw near to the LORD, for he has heard your complaining.
How indeed to explain to this daughter how I had yearned to have her, and the four years of bitter disappointment before a good doctor figured out the problem and fixed it? How I considered my three children the greatest blessings of my life and delighted in everything they said and did, even on the days when they weren’t being as good as she thought they were.
It is hard to comprehend that God yearned for me and loves me with an even deeper, constant love. But when I read today about Jonah, that querulous prophet, and the endless complaints of the Israelites, I smile and feel the tiniest bit of kinship with my Creator. And on the days when my “good children” did wear me out, I tried to live by the words of Psalm 145:8: “The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and of great kindness.”