Proud parents love to celebrate their children and to crow about their offspring’s achievements and assets. Maybe that’s not such a bad thing. But what about those who face parenting challenges or who long to be parents at all?
Plenty of admirable parents endure stages of rebellion in their kids, praying with all they have for their youngsters to come to faith (or return to it). And don’t we all know folks who would like nothing more than to become parents in the first place, but it doesn’t happen? We struggle to comprehend why God doesn’t seem to answer such prayers. Maybe we’ll never understand.
We see some people struggling with unplanned and unwanted pregnancies and we cannot fathom why this is the case, as others desperately want to have children through biology or adoption. Why is it so hard?
I have known firsthand the sting of praying again and again for God to bring children into the home. As an adoptive parent, I do not forget the seemingly endless wait and the many ups and downs and sudden disappointments of near-miss adoption plans. We endured so many almost placements that never happened, along with the pain of explaining to loved ones that another much-anticipated child would not be joining the family, after all. But the Lord finally granted us the ones He’s picked for us all along.
Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. (Psalm 127:3, NIV)
Father God, we find ourselves at a loss to grasp Your ways sometimes, especially when our most desperate prayers seem to fall flat. Give us a glimpse, we pray, of Your hand at work in our lives. Comfort those who want so badly to have children, as well as those who are facing conflicts or concerns with the children they do have. Remind us that our children (and others’ children) are blessings from Your hand, even when they may challenge us and try our character. As Your children, surely we do the same.
We ask in faith and in the name of our wonderful Lord, Your Son Jesus Christ.
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