Do I have to write anything on Mother’s Day? No. Unlike James Atticus Bowden (see Happy Mother’s Day 2014), my heart does not yearn for someone who has gone to our Lord. God has not called me to preach a message (see A Devotion for Mother’s Day – The Virtuous Woman). I am just wondering. What possesses us to have children?
We can attribute the desire for children to instinct, an irrational, uncontrollable impulse. Anyone who has seen a mother love a child can, if they choose, believe such a thing. However, that answer poses a problem. If we perceive our action solely as the result of animal instinct, our world becomes a cold, frightful, and lonely place.
Imagine being Margaret Sanger (see GROSSU: Margaret Sanger, racist eugenicist extraordinaire). What was her measure of a baby?
In a 1957 interview with Mike Wallace, Sanger revealed: “I think the greatest sin in the world is bringing children into the world — that have disease from their parents, that have no chance in the world to be a human being practically. Delinquents, prisoners, all sorts of things just marked when they’re born. That to me is the greatest sin — that people can — can commit.” (from here)
Yet the mothers we wanted, the mothers most of us had, cared more about what they had to offer us than we had to offer them, and it is well for us they did. For as babies, except for our needs and imperfections, we brought nothing into the world (1 Timothy 6:7).
When we are grown, what changes? As adults, as mothers and fathers, what do we have to offer our children? Isn’t our world full of strife and envy? Don’t we constantly struggle for advantage? Isn’t the result for most people hunger and poverty? Doesn’t our nation, the most powerful this tiny, insignificant little planet has ever known, face daily the prospect of slow and gradual or instant destruction? Could not even the richest among us lose everything in a single day?
So why? When our prospects seem so dismal, what is the point of bringing children into existence?
Do we have children so that we can give our children the love and the assurance He has given us?
John 14:1-3 English Standard Version (ESV)
14 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
Is this then the answer?
1 John 4:19 English Standard Version (ESV)
19 We love because he first loved us.
Isn’t love reason enough?
To read the other posts in this series, click on the links at the bottom of OF TWISTED WORDS => FEMINISM.