I’ve heard it said that benign neglect is worse than abuse. I’m not sure I believe that, but having experienced neither, I really can’t say for sure.
Still, I do know friends and even family members who’ve been rejected by their own parents. As a parent myself, I can’t fathom turning my back on one of my children. As a child, I can only imagine the pain.
Tonight, those of you going through this are on my heart. I may not know your situation, but God does. He hears. He sees.
I learned this verse in Bible class growing up, and it always struck me to think of God delighting over me. Singing over me, the way a parent should. Can you just see Him, looking at you in delight, with love in His eyes? Because that is what He does. I love the King James version of this particular verse, because it speaks so vividly.
The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.