Are they blessings to provide us entertainment? Are they blessings to bring us pride? Are they blessings only for their obedience? Are they blessings for their future ability to provide us monetary gifts?
Maybe their blessings because they offer us (as parents) opportunities to glimpse how God might look at us (people). We need His love. We need His discipline. We need His patience. We need His grace. We need His teachings. We need His provisions. We need His law. We need . . . .
What honest parent, who looks within themselves, doesn't see God's desire for the lost in their baby's eyes. Who doesn't sense a deep awareness of the need to nurture "a little one" toward Christ.
A parent recieves wonderful blessings to know that they can glimpse what it means to love one who has a will to choose. They receive blessings when they live for Christ. They receive blessings when they realize that they can't do it (parent) without the assistance of God.
What a blessing a child is when they, by their nature, teach us to rely on God.
The Lord's humbled . . . John A. Reeves