"God has so constituted us that in loving and caring for our own children the richest and best things in our natures are drawn out. Many of the deepest and most valuable lessons ever learned are read from the pages of unfolding child life. We best understand the feelings and affections of God toward us when we bend over our own child and see in our human parenthood a faint image of the divine Fatherhood. Then in the culture of character there is no influence more potent than that which touches us when our children are laid in our arms. Their helplessness appeals to every principle of nobleness in our hearts. Their innocence exerts over us a purifying power. The thought of our responsibility for them exalts ever faculty of our souls. In the very care which they exact they bring blessing to us. When old age comes very lonely is the home which has neither son nor daughter to return with grateful ministries, to bring solace and comfort to the declining years!"
* excerpt from Home Making by J. R. Miller, Chapter 4 The Parent's Part
posted by Mrs. Klause
March 25, 2010