Selected Sunday Scriptures- #92

We begin today’s post with the words of a very wise man:

Unless the Lord builds the house,
    those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
    the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
    for he gives to his beloved sleep.

Lo, sons are a heritage from the Lord,
    the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
    are the sons of one’s youth.
Happy is the man who has
    his quiver full of them!
He shall not be put to shame
    when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

(Psalm 127:1-5)

Elsewhere he says this:

Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,
    and the glory of sons is their fathers.

(Proverbs 17:6)

David, his father, said this:

May our sons in their youth
    be like plants full grown,
our daughters like corner pillars
    cut for the structure of a palace;

(Psalm 144:12)

Lastly, we have these words of our Lord:

21 When a woman is in travail she has sorrow, because her hour has come; but when she is delivered of the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a child is born into the world.

(John 16:21)

I chose these particular verses today because of what happened after Divine Liturgy today. Several of the parents were tied up with various matters, and I volunteered to keep an eye on some of the children for a while. Well, keeping an eye soon morphed into playing with them. Before too long I remembered how much a joy children can be. A lot of work? You bet. Exhausting? Certainly. But off the top of my head I cannot think of a greater source of joy. They truly are a blessing. So to my readers who have them, treasure them as the blessings they are. And for those who don’t, I hope and pray that one day you too may receive that blessing from the Lord.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

(James 1:17)

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2 responses to “Selected Sunday Scriptures- #92

  1. Children are the biggest blessing God gives us! In the past, I would sometimes wonder if God loved me. And then I would remember my four sons, and I knew without a doubt that He did!

  2. mdavid

    …how much a joy children can be.
    I think there is a strong correlation between good parenting and lack of playfulness. So many parents wish to relive their childhood through their children (joy for parent, but sucks for kid!). I remember reading how in some native tribes children were given to an uncle to ensure harshness and thus proper raising. Now it’s all about the parents joy, never about the kid’s or tribe’s future. Lack of patriarchy? Yep. Death of the West.

    Grandchildren…crown of the aged…glory of sons is their fathers
    Today few sons have fathers worthy the name; few boomers grandchildren to crown their life. But repentance as the sun sets in the West? No way!

    …our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace
    Wow just wow. That’s exactly what a well-raised daughter is like. I never even noticed Ps 144. Thanks for that, I’ll be meditating on this one.

    Like arrows…are the sons of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them!
    Being (very) son heavy (warlike ancestors?) I’ve been teased with this verse literally dozens of times. But never once noticed the “of one’s youth”. Fascinating. Are old men beyond caring? Sad again, but probably true.

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