“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me” (Matthew 23:37, NLT).

When I think of tenderness, I think of a mother with her baby. She protects, comforts, soothes and cares for her little one with softness and gentleness. Jesus compared himself to a mother hen in this verse, not that chickens are known for being tender, but the image of the mother protecting her young ones under her wing is comforting.

Jesus called God his father and fathers can be tender too. All the beautiful characteristics we value and admire come from God – he is the source of love, compassion, tenderness, care and concern. His tenderness toward us is something we can count on; we just have to be willing to come under his wing.