Is there anything in the entire world more precious than a new born baby? The small bundle of undeveloped humanity is an unwritten book, waiting to be written each day of life. The first word on the first page should be “Love.”
Children are a gift from God. They are the most perfect bundle of potential that we will ever touch. I wonder about famous historical characters of the world. Einstein had parents. Hitler had parents. Mother Teresa had parents. Beethoven had parents. George Washington Carver had parents. Jack the Ripper had parents. Billy Graham had parents. I can’t help believing that what parents wrote on the first pages of their child’s life story were the most important ones.
Human children are the most helpless babies on the planet. A baby whale must swim for miles through the ocean. A wildebeest must be able to fun with the herd for miles within the first few hours of life. Baby chicks must learn how to peck and find their own food. But a human cub must rely totally on the adults that surround them to feed, clean, teach, nurture, and protect them for many years.
Of all the forms of love there are in the world, the love between parent and child is probably the purest. In the beginning, they can’t give anything back. They cry when they want something, they make messes, dirty their diaper, throw up. A parent’s biggest reward for many months may only be a smile from that baby face, or a pleasant garble as they try to use their voice.
The Bible has a lot to say about children. This is one of my favorite verses on the subject.