Thinking About the Gift of Family

“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.”

I’m excited! Before you read this blog again next week, I will have met my first granddaughter! She will join her two year old brother.  We are all anxious. Her parents are my son and daughter in law.

I know we are not the only reader who is adding to or have recently added to their families.

Children are a good thing.  All of them should be coming into families in which they are anxiously awaited and welcomed .

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;

Psalm 127:3-5

In our modern world when we have completed our families we don’t refer to our quiver being full. Quivers fill up at different rates and quivers come in different sizes. Each family is unique.

Verse 3 states that children are a gift of God and they are even a reward! But why are they like arrows? I’ve wondered.

Children  are to be counted as blessings, and not burdens:  They are a great support and defense to a family. Children who are young, may be directed  like an arrow right to the target which is God’s glory, and the service of their generation; but when they go into the world, they are arrows out of the hand, it is too late to direct them then. Yet, if trained according to God’s word, they generally prove the best defense in declining years, remembering their obligations to their parents, and taking care of them in old age. All earthly comforts are uncertain, but the Lord will assuredly comfort and bless those who

serve him.                                            .

I want us to meditate on a few verses from the Old Testament that speak of the members of a family.

The Mother and Wife

She watches over the affairs of her household

and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed;

her husband also, and he praises her:

“Many women do noble things,

but you surpass them all.”

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;

but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Proverbs 31:27-30

A Father’s and Grandfather’s Responsibility to the Family

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,

Proverbs 13:22

For Parents To See Your Grandchildren Is a Blessing

May you see your children’s children.

Proverbs 128:6

Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children.

Psalm 17:6

It is an honor for older people  to have grandchildren, even after the grandchildren are grown up and settled in the world  this verse remains true, Good parents cause children to take pride in them.

If God is Our Father

A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a father, where is My honor?

Malachi 1:6

Is God Honored in your home?

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