The Gift of Family | Devotion #5: The Present of Presence
Debbie Kerr | Office Administrator
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man, who fills his quiver with them!” Psalm 127:3-5
I grew up in the “Leave it to Beaver” era. It was the latter part of the fabulous 50’s, the rockin’ 60’s, the drug infested, peace and love 70’s. That is a lot of cultural change in 18 short years. When I was very young, mothers working outside the home were rare. There were, of course, teachers, nurses, waitresses, and secretaries, but for the most part, at least for my friends and I, our mothers were there when we got home from school. There were often warm cookies and warm hugs waiting for us. Sadly, that is no longer the norm in the culture we live in today.
Regardless of the cultural changes, we can still succeed! God’s Word is timeless and full of wisdom and guidance for raising the most precious gifts we as parents have been given. We may have to press a little harder than our parents or grandparents to endure the ever-changing trends and technology. This is happening all while the world systems and ideals are striving at an alarming rate to influence and mold the minds of children and adults alike. Here is the good news, we are not alone, and all hope is not lost!
The book of Proverbs is a great resource, rich with wisdom when it comes to our children. While it can be challenging and often times an uphill battle, we must rely on God’s strength and help. Proverbs 127:3 tells us that children are a heritage from the Lord. The word heritage in Scripture denotes an inheritance. Money and success will fade, but the love of family will last forever. I want to preserve and protect my heritage from the Lord. My children are now married and raising children of their own. While my role has changed, it is now my job to pray and continue to be an example to them. Believe me when I tell you young parents, you will blink and your house will be quiet and empty! Remember, while the days are long, the years are short! When I see my children tirelessly raising their children, I am reminded of the task set before them. I am so thankful that God provides the strength and grace to endure through the hard years. Today, all four of our children live out of state. We have to be intentional at planning family time. Between schedules, money, and distance we have to work much harder to be together. Last Christmas, I received the best gift imaginable when our kids, I repeat, our kids made a plan for all of us to meet at the home of our Georgia family. For the first time in years, we celebrated our Savior’s birth together. There is not a store bought gift in the world that could ever compare to the priceless gift of family! I tangibly felt the sweet reward of the years invested.