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What’s your view on childbearing? Mine has transformed over the years. It wasn’t until our daughter Grace was born and I received a card in the mail, that I learned a very important lesson about children. No one ever told me that sons and daughters were a gift from the Lord until that day. With widening eyes, I read and reread the card’s Bible verse.

“Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are sons 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 enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127:3-5

How did I ever miss this one? It’s not a verse that is preached very much, if at all, from the pulpits. It’s not spoken about much when mothers of sleepless infants get together on a mom’s day out or newly weds hang out late with their friends. Likewise, the topic of pregnancy in the public square seems to bend towards how to avoid becoming a parent altogether in these times.

On the other hand, if you ask a couple struggling, longing, and desperate to get pregnant with a child or to adopt–they will all tell you what a treasured gift it would surely be from the Lord Himself to have a child.  Yes, I too had prayed for over eighteen years for an orphaned child to adopt, stared in shock at a ten year string of positive pregnancy tests, and continue to pray through an eleven year season of infertility.

Wherever you find yourself, whether as a mom, a dad, a newlywed, a grandparent, contemplating when life begins, or wondering if a child is valuable at all–we all have something in common. We all desire to know truth about the matter. I pray you’ve found some truth today about children and I pray that you’ll believe it, act upon it, and share it with someone you care about. It may just encourage them more than you know…