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Topic: TV (10/04/18)
TITLE: A Sobering Reality
By Linda Berg
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“It’s 10:00 PM. Do you know where your children are?”
In those moments, I was grateful I was not one of the children who was obviously in some dire, neglected, dangerous place but was almost asleep in my warm, cozy bed. Knowing my sisters were settled comfortably in the bedroom next door e and hearing my parents checking to see that exterior doors were locked, before they headed to their bedroom across the hall, gave me feelings of safety and security.
You may remember that nighttime ritual yourself. In the 1960’s until late in the 1980’s this was a Public Service Announcement that sounded after the evening news, at either 10:00 or 11:00 PM depending on your location. It had been initiated during a time of teenage heightened crime in the cities as an effort to remind parents, they should know where their children were at that time of night.
I ask this question again today.
“It’s 3:00 AM. It’s 7:00 AM. It’s 10:00 AM. It’s 2:00 PM. It’s 8:00 PM. It doesn’t matter what time of day or night it is. Do you know where your children are?”
I don’t ask to assess physical location. I ask because I believe our children in our families, in our churches and in our society are not treated as the heritage of God that they are.
Children are a heritage fro the Lord, offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. Psalm 127:3-5a
Some thoughts from the passage above:
A heritage is a thing of value, a gift, a treasure that shows familial relationship. In this case, the child is the gift, the giver is the Lord, the receiver is the parent.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Arrows are designed for one purpose only and that is to hit the bulls-eye on the target. The bulls-eye and the targets that arrows are aimed at can be varied. In this passage the arrow is the child and the bulls-eye is the target at the center of God’s will.
The parent is likened to a warrior. A warrior is one who is practiced, learned, skilled, courageous, strong, steady and focused. The warrior’s aim for his child must be with intent and purpose for the arrow has potential for much harm or much good.
If a man had a quiver full of arrows this passage states he was blessed. According to the inspiration of Solomon, the supposed writer of this Psalm, that man with a quiver full of children was blessed as a recipient of God’s good will.
Words like value, gift, or a treasure all tell us of God’s heart about children. He values them.
Yet, reports from government sources, research, statistical entities, or polling organizations such as Barna Research Group all show our children are at ever increasing risk for not having feelings of well-being, now showing up as suicide ideation and even attempts bringing Suicide to being the number one reason for death of children between 10 and 24 years of age.
For those of us who believe God made the world with design and family was one of his most important designs, we need to assess what we are doing as a culture, as the church, and as families to honor the gift God designed as children.
We need to listen, ask, train and direct our children to hope that can only be found in relationship with God.
“Do you know where your children are?”
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