I began to think recently about the stories I’ve heard about sterilized couples being convicted as to the value of children. Usually (every time, actually, in the stories I’ve heard) the sterilization is successfully reversed and the happy couple goes on to have 5-8 more kids to raise in the fear/nurture/admonition of the Lord.
Now, I don’t want this to sound like a criticism of what they did, but does anybody know how often these couples (with a renewed vision for the value of children) look at their self-inflicted sterility as part of God’s plan?
That is, are there any stories of couples taking Paul’s admonition to “remain as you were” (i.e. his advice about circumcision) when they had their awakening? I am thinking of adoption. Specifically adoption from the American foster system.
As someone who has done foster-care, and who expects to again when it will no longer be a risk to my own children, I feel sad sometimes about the local “lost” children who are forgotten in the clambering for easier over-seas adoption, and families built big at home, rather than taking in needy children.
Again, this is not a criticism of those God has called to other things– I mean, he hasn’t called me to it (yet), and– God help me if he does!– I know how much extra work that is. So I know it’s not for everyone. But I hope and pray that these sterilized couples–
Frequently they are older couples who have a measure of child-rearing experience and so are good foster-parent candidates–
I hope those that have had an awakening to the value of children might consider the value and neediness of “the least of these” who have none but the State to look out for their well-being.
And if the couple feels called for their lives to make a statement about the value of children, it might be a louder statement when spoken with the children who were invisible to others.
And [Jesus] said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.” (Luke 9:48)