Family: Children Are A Gift From God

For You From The Word

Children are a gift from God. (Psalm 127:3, TLB)

For You To Think About

Children and parents feetAccording to Barry McLerran and Rick Stout of Demographic Winter: The Decline of  the Human Family,  “Every aspect of modernity works against family life, and in favor of singleness, small families or voluntary childlessness.” They cite these trends:

  • Delaying and severing marriage.  Starting later makes it less likely for couples to have families. High divorce rates mean families are smaller.
  • Rising cohabitation.  Lower commitment is less conducive to building families.
  • Putting off family for careers.  Conceiving becomes progressively more difficult, particularly for women over age 35.
  • Anti-family culture.  Today’s media portrays satisfaction derived from travel, work and personal growth, rather than from strong families and strong relationships.
  • Voluntary childlessness.  Though the world population has declined in the last three decades, talk of an over-population threat has led many to have smaller families or no family. Moreover, 24%  U.S. pregnancies end in abortion each year.

In our self-absorption, have we lost sight of God’s gift to us?

For You To Pray

Heavenly Father,
Renew our appreciation for the gift of children and families.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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