Back when I was in the military, one of my supervisors, a retired Air Force man, one day he was passing around a picture of him and his family. And I almost fell to my chair when I saw it.
It was a picture of him and his wife and their children, both adopted and natural. At the very bottom of the photo I distinctly remember he had a passage written from Psalm 127 verses 3 through 5, where it said this:
Sons are a heritage from the Lord,
children a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are sons born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.
It was obvious that he considered children to be a great blessing from God.
We don’t always think of children as a great blessing especially for parents as they think about all their time and energy and resources that they pour into their kids who aren’t always angels. Yet God in His Word reminds us that children are really a gift from him.
A blessing to us.
Think of the many ways kids are an earthly blessing in our lives. Even though yes, it is difficult in those growing years, certainly they bring joy to our hearts as we watch them go through all of their stages. You think about the tremendous joy we have as we watch our little ones grow up.
I think of also the blessing they are even to parents in their old age, as they care for them and visit them. Children are also a spiritual blessing for us. I can’t tell you how many times my kids have reminded me “Dad we forgot to pray” or they’ve said “Dad let’s read our Bible story!”
How many times I’ve been able to share the love and forgiveness of God with them and they’ve done the same for me when I’ve done wrong. Kids are a blessing from God.
This next week I encourage you whether you have kids or not to consider for yourself how kids are a blessing. What joy they bring to our lives and to also think about the many ways that we can show the love of Christ to them, and how they show it to us as well. Amen.