By: Jessie Todd,
On the eve of this upcoming Mother’s Day, soon to be followed by Father’s Day I thank the Almighty God for blessing me with my two children: a boy and a girl. Were they perfect specimens of youth and obedience? Decidedly not!! They caused me many sleepless nights and weary days but I always knew that they were gifts from God and He expected me to be the best mother I could be.
When my son was born more than fifty years ago I felt like I had been given the most wonderful gift a woman could receive.
Although he was in less than perfect health, I marveled over his perfection. So what if his little feet would need corrective shoes? Everything else about him was perfect. He was in a hurry to grow up. At three months he showed me he was in a hurry by biting me with his two little teeth that I had no idea had pushed through his tiny little gums. I loved him unconditionally then, and still do. Since my husband worked out of town I had him all to myself and I was the typical doting mother, perhaps sometimes too doting!!
He caused me some painful times and although I disapproved of some of his antic, I never stopped loving him. If Christ could love me in my sinful state, the least I could and can do is to love the children He gave.
My baby girl came along three years later and I could not have custom ordered a more adorable, even tempered little girl. She too is a heritage from the Lord. Dressing her in little frilly socks and dresses was a challenge. She preferred to climb trees and roll in the dust and dirt with her brother and his friends. She grew into an independent, unselfish young lady. I thank God that He gave me the good sense to realize that my children needed and deserved both a father and a mother in the home. At the risk of sounding hopelessly old-fashioned and out of touch, I still believe children are an inheritance from the Lord. I believe they deserve two loving parents and the protection and love of the family structure.
Daily we see the sad, tragic results of failing to follow God’s mandates to bring our children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Our society is full of unloved, broken and broken-hearted children trying to find love in the most awful places and situations. Surely God is not pleased, because all children deserve to be loved and cared for. Proverbs 24:25 states, “Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice.” We must turn back to God for the solution to the problem we have created. Many of us have not brought our children up in the nurture and admonition of The Lord, and we are reaping the results. Let us pray and seek a solution so that our children will become our most precious commodity. Let us pray that babies and young children will no longer be thrown away like so much trash or unwanted burdens. Let us pray that mothers and fathers will once again follow God’s plan; that they will cherish and love the lives they have created.