Email, voice mail, snail mail, cell phones. There are so many ways that people can contact you. Today's readings remind us that God is calling you too! For the next forty days we focus on repentance and returning to God. And as He assures us, He will be merciful.
One more thing: Despite all the parenting books and theories, the ultimate example of a good and loving parent is God himself. Wouldn't it be wonderful if one day our children say about us, "my mom was gracious and merciful, slow to anger, rich in kindness and relenting in punishment"?
Prayer: Be merciful, O Lord, for I have sinned. Create in me a clean heart so that I may grow in your love during this Lenten season. Amen.