Families are fascinating. The same parents in the same environments can bring about very different and unique offspring. I am so grateful to God for the children He blessed Russell and me with. Isaiah’s December birthday in 2012 completed our second decade of raising and enjoying three great kids. They keep growing into interesting and fun-to-be-around adults. I also love how families are not static. I’m continually blessed by Russell’s family who took me in as one of their own on the day I became his wife. And I’m so thankful that my Michigan family loves my Texan husband and extends warm welcomes to us whenever we return for visits. Hannah’s marriage to Andrew blesses us with a whole new family of in-laws to love as well as our first grandson.
Psalm 127 is a psalm I believe that David wrote to his son Solomon. “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!” A man may hold an arrow but it requires dedicated training to make that arrow valuable in the hands of a warrior. Parents too require training. In order to effectively teach discipline that is needed to hit godly bull’s eyes in life, it is best if parents are actually living out healthy spiritual disciplines.
It is incredible that although a father wrote this psalm many generations ago, the same sentiment of blessedness is felt today concerning the gift of children. God, thank You for the heritage of family. I pray that the children of my youth will always delight You. May those of us who are parents rejoice in Your good blessings. God please give us patience and strength and the ability to make wise choices in every season of training children up in the way that each of them should go. And as You grow our family tree, may it be our desire to actively choose to love each branch You add to it. Amen.