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.
2 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.
3 Lo, sons are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the sons of one’s youth.
5 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.
Elsewhere he says this:
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,
and the glory of sons is their fathers.
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;
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.
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.