Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court. Psalm 127:3-5
Children are gifts from God. The Psalmist says so, and children certainly bring lots of joy when we are among them. Like arrows in the quiver with different lengths, children have different talents and personalities. They bless the world in different ways, and as the Psalmist says, blessed is the one with lots of children. With 450 children and 200 youth gathered on the ninth, tenth and eleventh floor every Sunday, our church is definitely a blessed one.
As a church we get to celebrate and witness baby dedications, youth baptisms and youngsters giving their lives to Christ. There are many moments to rejoice in. However, along the way there might also be disappointments. With children that are heading into the wrong directions – failing school, running away, dealing with substance abuse, hating their parents, or exemplifying other deviant behaviors, the blessing may seem less of one.
The most heart breaking cases may be when God takes children away. As a funeral service provider, I have to help parents bury their young children. It is no doubt the toughest part of my job walking alongside parents with this kind of loss. When perfectly godly parents have troubled children, or when they are taken away too soon, it is difficult to accept that God has allowed it to happen.
As a heritage from the Lord, children bear the good qualities and purposes God has woven in them individually. They are created in His image and He knows them well before they enter into the world. Would He forsake something that He has so fearfully and wonderfully made? I don’t think so.
Let us remember the heritage of 633 King’s Road by:
- Rejoicing in God’s guiding hands completely and having confidence in His plan for your children.
- Asking God to help you choose life so that your children may live (Deuteronomy 30:19).