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Monday, February 2, 2015

Do not just work to provide your kids with “loots and things.” Love them and guide them, so you can give them “roots and wings.” (Denis Waitley) - Daily Bible Reflections February 2,2015



Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

ROOTS AND WINGS

The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him. – Luke 2:40

       On June 15, 2013, 17-year-old Ethan Couch stole two cases of beer from a Walmart store and drove away with seven passengers in his dad’s pickup truck. An hour later, he was thoroughly drunk.
       Meanwhile, Breanna Mitchell was stranded on a rural road with a stalled vehicle. Several people who were nearby came out to help. All of a sudden, Couch’s car swerved off the road and plowed into them, killing four people and injuring two others.
       The case was brought to court and resulted in a landmark verdict. Couch was given a light sentence because his lawyer argued he is a victim of “affluenza” – having wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for him.
         Is affluenza real? The term highlights the issue of parents who provide for their children’s material needs but fail to equip them to become responsible adults.
       In our quest to provide the best for our children, let us not forget to form their characters as well. Let us ground them with good Christian values while young so they will have wings to bless the world when the time comes. Cecil Lim (cez_lim@yahoo.com)

Reflection: Do not just work to provide your kids with “loots and things.” Love them and guide them, so you can give them “roots and wings.” (Denis Waitley)

Loving Father, teach us what to give and what to withhold from our children. Give us the virtues we need to lead them by word and example.

St. Joan de Lestonnac, pray for us.

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