Children Bring Joy
Psalms 127:3-5, Mark 9:36-37
John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson pitying James Madison’s childlessness. As many fathers before and since have said, Adams noted that while children often cost parents grief, anxiety, and even vexation, their very presence lightens and lengthens life.
Agnes Newton Keith would agree. It was horrible to be a mother in the Japanese internment camps – more horrible than the mothers could say. Yet, in a way, it was heavenly too, she wrote. In the midst of that deprivation there were thirty-four reasons for staying alive – every one a child. Describing how the mothers brought all of thirty-four safely through the tragedy, Agnes added, “I said to begin with, that we brought them all through alive. But perhaps they brought us through alive.” Indeed, a child is someone worth living for, and the joys they bring more than compensate for the emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and economic costs of raising them.
God, too, experiences both the pain and sometime pleasure of fatherhood. But, truth to tell, if earthly fathers experienced an infinitesimal amount of the frustration and disappointment God experiences with His spiritual children, birth control would never have to be taught anywhere in the world. Governments, like the Romans under Augustus, would be paying parents to have children, not discouraging them from parenthood. Only an infinitely patient Father in Heaven could not only tolerate, but love the wayward children His Son’s death has acquired for him.
Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone!
But By EVERY Word That Comes From God Above!
Psalms 127:3-5, Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
Mark 9:36-37, Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them, “Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.”
Every child born into the world is a new thought of God, an ever-fresh and radiant possibility. –Wiggin
It is the highest wisdom to pray for our children that while they are young their hearts may be given to the Savior. -Spurgeon