Psalm 127:3-5 says: "Children are a heritage from 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."
I was sitting in my chair this morning with Charli on my left side and Kori on my lap. Charli was busy playing a game on my iPad and Kori, with a big smile on her face, was watching her older cousin at work.
It was a wonderful moment. I was all wrapped up in the love of my granddaughters. It was a very special morning!
Yesterday, I spoke with my oldest son, Gabe. He called from his beautiful mountaintop perch in northern California to tell my wife and me that he loved us. In fact, I spoke with all three of my children yesterday, and every one of them said, "I love you!" It was a good day!
This past weekend, my wife and I played hosts to our friend Linda Thompson and six of her children. We had kids all over the place from Friday afternoon through Monday morning. It was a great weekend!
Linda is the founder and director of Native American Outreach Ministries, Inc. in Jackrabbit, Ariz. She spoke at several churches over the weekend and she told her story of ministry to Indian children.
Last month I took a group of fellow "short-term missionaries" out to NAOMI for a week of ministry. Every one of our team members had a memorable experience as they shared their love and the love of Christ with the children there in the desert.
Solomon wrote in Psalm 127 that the person who has a "quiver full" of children is blessed.
I know that my wife and I are blessed with our three children and our two grandbabies. They are our heritage from the Lord.
Sister Linda has served as a foster mother to hundreds of Indian children over the years at her home outside of Joseph City. She has had her quiver full and running over for many years now.
She knows that the children that she has cared for are her heritage from the Lord as well. She has never given birth to a child, but she has carried hundreds of babies, infants and toddlers, tweens and teens close to her heart throughout her years of ministry. And Linda has been blessed of God!
My children all live in their own homes and apartments now, and they are raising their own children. So, Lynn and I have the house to ourselves most of the time. We share this little house with our dog, Buster. The three of us are getting old and set in our ways.
We have gotten used to the quiet, and having everything in its place. Much of the time it's just Lynn and Buster and me; all calm and peaceful; the house all neat and orderly and tranquil. Ahhhh!
But, we love the explosion of noise when our house is full of laughter and shouts from the babies and the kids. Buster runs around the house chasing and being chased by little ones. Shoes and socks and dolls and blocks litter the floor. My TV is not on the news channels I watch throughout the day but on Nickelodeon or Disney or Sprout. There are strange noises and loud voices and unfamiliar smells. We dodge children and step over stuff on the floor as we walk from room to room.
And then, before we know it, the house is cleared of people, the floors are once again cleaned up. Buster is back napping on his rug. I'm in my chair and Lynn on her sofa. And quiet returns for the moment to the Dezotell home. Ahhhhh!
I thank God for our children. I thank God for our granddaughters. I thank God for Sister Linda and her children that she shares with us.
Yes, children are a heritage from the Lord. We have been blessed! Ahhhh!
-- Doug Dezotell is the pastor of Mt. Lebanon UMC and Cannon UMC. He is a former staff writer for the Times-Gazette, and he is a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a friend to many. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.