Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.
~ PSALM 127:3
The semitruck of parenting comes loaded with fears. We fear failing the child, forgetting the child. Will we have enough money? Enough answers? Enough diapers? Enough drawer space? Vaccinations. Educations. Homework. Homecoming. It’s enough to keep a parent awake at night. . . .
Fear distilleries concoct a high-octane brew for parents— a primal, gut-wrenching, pulse-stilling dose. Whether Mom and Dad keep vigil outside a neonatal unit, make weekly visits to a juvenile prison, or hear the crunch of a bike and the cry of a child in the driveway, their reaction is the same: “I have to do something.” No parent can sit still while his or her child suffers. . . .
But our kids were God’s kids first. “Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift? the fruit of the womb his generous legacy?” (Psalm 127:3 MSG). Before they were ours, they were his. Even as they are ours, they are still his.
We tend to forget this fact, regarding our children as “our” children, as though we have the final say in their health and welfare. We don’t. All people are God’s people, including the small people who sit at our tables. Wise are the parents who regularly give their children back to God.
Heavenly Father, you surely know the concerns and burdens of a parent’s heart. You are a father yourself. When we feel overwhelmed with the responsibilities of raising our children, may we remember that they are your children first. You created them and gave them as a gift to us. May we daily give them back to you and rest calmly in your promise to give us wisdom and guidance to raise them for you, amen.
Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.
~ HEBREWS 12:10 [NIV]
He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers.
~ MALACHI 4:6 [NIV]
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
~ PROVERBS 22:6 [NIV]