I was walking this morning, thinking about the passing of Brennan Manning and all of the awesome stories he shared regarding God's radical love for us. I think, and I think Brennan would agree with me, that parenthood gives us a unique entry point into the way God "feels" about us. Being a dad has helped me wrap my mind around (at least a little better) the truth that God loves us each of us infinitely. Having two kids has taught me the way that loving one with every fiber of my being does not make me incapable of loving the other with every fiber of my being - love is not a quantity that gets burned up. It has taught me that discipline/punishment is not the opposite of love, but an expression of it. And it is incredibly precious to God when he sees us loving one another. God's love is tender. (It's good to read 1 Cor.13 every now and then.)
It also amazes me to realize how my parenthood is a pale reflection of God's Fatherhood. Where my ability to love my children is limited by my creaturehood, His is not; He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent! He is not tainted by sin. His love is always perfect - perfectly wise and just.