My family welcomed a new baby girl last week. She was born to my nephew and his wife. There’s always such excitement over the birth of a new baby to love, isn’t there? Joy and hope! My family has two more girls being born this year. And we have a couple of other cuties under 2 years old…it’s terrific to welcome all these very young children into our family…and our world.
But it makes me think of our America and what it meant to us to grow up with freedom, respect, patriotism, dignity and promise. True ‘hope,’ one might say. One might add that that ‘hope’ has pretty much vanished with the president who ran on hope and change.
So what kind of world awaits these precious children in my family and yours?
For one thing, will they be able to proclaim their Christian faith? Will they have faith?
I’m reading a book about the Armenian genocide which happened, mostly, because Turks didn’t like intelligent, Christian Armenians living amongst them. Armenians were **”flogged, stripped, scorched, shot, smothered, stabbed, starved, bayoneted, decapitated, drowned, crucified, asphyxiated, eviscerated, axed, hanged, and/or “outraged,” (what they called raped back in the day).” As most of you probably know, Armenia was the first Christian nation in the world and even Soviet Russia, when Armenia was an ‘SSR’ allowed their churches to stay open, unlike other soviet satellite countries.
But let’s put faith aside for now; what kind of world WILL our babies inherit?
Will they inherit a country that encourages hard work rather than entitlement, patriotism for the country that gave their ancestors so much, character that includes morality (how much less can girls where at the beach after today’s skimpiest bikinis, for example?), an appreciation for the sanctity of life, appreciation for democracy and capitalism? etc etc?
Worrisome, isn’t it. SO………we hope and pray that, somehow, their parents are giving them FAITH to face a future that’s so much less than ours was. And is now.
Isaiah 41: 10
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
That (and another from Matthew) is my ‘life verse,’ I hope it blesses you. And for a lot of children who don’t even know the Lord’s Prayer, which most of the Americans our age have always known, what will they have? What will they lean on, depend on for solace, hope and comfort to face what might be ahead? Where will they go to in times of trouble?
I’ll leave you this Sunday on a more positive note when contemplating this question: PRAY HARD! 🙂
**from THE SANDCASTLE GIRLS, by Chris Bohjalian.