Jesus describes God’s fatherly love for us his children by telling us not to worry. God’s love is a tender love that should ease our anxieties and fears for the present moment and the future. Someone once defined healthy adult maturity as “a state in which tenderness prevails.” Tenderness is often considered a female attribute but it is a human characteristic. Am I a tender person? Or have I allowed some negative qualities such as haste, impatience, meanness, self-righteousness – to take over my life? When death, the great reconciler has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity.