Snake Parents

My Spiritual Breakfast


Author: Betsy Nelson

Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:9-12

Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! 12 So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. (RSV)

It certainly sounds like everyone was certainly very nice back in Jesus’ time.  No child abuse then!   Life isn’t that easy now.  Plenty of parents are abusive.  “Dysfunctional” is the new normal.

So how can you possibly even approach the idea of God the Father if your own father was being abusive? …

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