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For great is His love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! Psalm 117:2
As soon as I had kids, I began saying goodnight to them the same way my mother’s been saying goodnight to my siblings and me ever since we were little: “Good night. God bless you. See you in the morning. I love you.” At the age of ten, my daughter, Jocelyn, has taken it upon herself to carry the torch. She searches out her two older brothers before bed and hugs and kisses them, saying the same exact thing.
Most times, they’re not receptive. They’re teen boys, after all. Regardless, Jocelyn keeps hugging, kissing and repeating the bedtime saying. In fact, recently, she’s morphed the wording a bit so she can do it again every morning before she goes off to school. Even when her brothers barely tolerate it, it’s still such a sweet thing to witness.
On the way up to the bus stop the other day, I told her how proud I was of her for doing it. Any other little girl would have thrown in the towel long ago. I explained that she was living out how true love never gives up. Her response was incredible.