For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~Romans 8:38-39
Pictured above is the Mother's Day gift sent to me by daughter, Sarah, and son-in-law, John. I get such a kick out of their sense of humor! Of course, this starts a good-natured sibling rivalry between son, Daniel, and Sarah, with Daniel vowing to outdo his sister next time around, so she'd better bring her "A Game" to the fray.
I'm reminded, too, of the schtick the Smothers Brothers used to pull - Tommy inevitably, and sometimes jealously, declaring to Dick, "Mom always liked you best!"
We can all enjoy a good laugh at these things, because we know in our hearts, they aren't true. No mother loves one child more than the other. She can't, and she won't, play favorites. Sure, there are those moments, maybe many, when it's easier to like one child better than the other - just think of toddler tantrums or teenage tirades.
But love? That's a constant!
There is nothing our children can think, say or do that can cause a parent to love them less.
And it's the same with our Heavenly Father.
God may not like how we act, how we treat others, or the sins we commit, knowingly or unknowingly. But He will never stop loving us.
As the Apostle Paul states in Romans 8, nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Jesus Christ our Lord. That is the eternal promise, and one in which I take great comfort.
We are all God's children. He loves us all equally.
And He never plays favorites.