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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Simplicity: The Blessing Of Children

This is a picture of the family of Alfred Baucom Tarleton, my gr-gr-great grandfather. Although several of my ancestors had larger families, I think this picture says alot about the status quo of the "good old days" in an agrarian culture.

God has placed a very high value on life. Our ancestors understood this and children were universally considered to be blessings, in the spirit of Psalm 127:3-5:

Behold, children are the inheritance of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is His reward. As arrows are in the hands of the strong man; so are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man that hath his quiver full of them: for they shall not be ashamed, when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

This is a trademark of Christian culture. I often wondered, why didn't our founding fathers put something in the Constitution against abortion? Then it struck me, they knew how absolutely stupid, besides morally wrong, it is to kill one's children. If America is to make a long term impact on the world for Christ we need arrows to send out. Lots of arrows. Unfortunately, over 40,000,000 arrows have been murdered, and we wonder why times are so bad? Hmmmm....perhaps our fathers weren't as dumb as we thought they were.

It's always a big encouragement to me to meet other folks with large families. I know most of the folks that read this blog come from a larger than average size family.

No matter where you come from, the people with the most kids will rule the world eventually. That's one reason, I believe, when God blessed Adam and Noah, He said "be fruitful and multiply". In other words, take over the world for Christ!

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Blogger Son3 said...

Excellent post!

How times have changed.

Many think that our wisdom and knowledge, as a people, has increased over the centuries; I believe we have gone backwards.

Jer 6:16

October 23, 2008 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

Hmm... the only thing I can think of to say is... AMEN!

Can't wait for the rest!

October 23, 2008 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

What a beautiful photo! Too bad most modern family portraits don't look like that. How wonderful it would be now days if a photographer had to use a larger lens cuz' of all the young'uns.

You are absolutely right!!!

October 23, 2008 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Thanks for the encouragment, y'all.

October 23, 2008 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Hannah Jane said...

In our church, I'd say our family is average sized! After all, we only have a mini van.....never mind the fact that we are stuffing 9 people into it nowadays...

October 24, 2008 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Good point, it's probably true!

And while we are on that subject, allow me to congratulate you on the arrival of your new little brother!

October 24, 2008 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Ana Smith said...

My family feels like the minority at our church because there are only two blessings. It's great to attend a counter-cultural church!

The state our culture has sunk down into due to neglecting Scripture and past history is so sad. Several ancient pagan civilizations, especially Rome, had an extremely selfish view of children. I don't like thinking about the results. :-)

Another example of how talented man is at complicating the world. Scripture is so "simple."

October 24, 2008 at 6:57 PM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Thanks for the comment, great observations.

Well, as y'all probably understand, a family with grown children can be an incredible blessing to families with younger children. :)

October 25, 2008 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger Stephen G. said...

great post!
If christens keep having children we may well take over the world, that would be nice! (-:

October 27, 2008 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger Kathy, Jeff's Wife said...

This is a very good post Stephen!

May God bless YOU abundantly with arrows for your quiver!!!

October 27, 2008 at 7:42 PM  

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