“For you and for your children and for all who are far off”

Thirty-one years ago today, on a blistering hot Sunday afternoon in Ft. Worth, Texas (to be precise, in North Richland Hills), my oldest son was born. I was a semi-starving seminary student who worked part-time at the Seminary South Shopping Center Sears & Roebuck while my wife baby-sat to make ends meet, so modern family-planners would have suggested that we wait to have any children. I am so glad that we didn’t wait.

Having Josh helped me to understand what Psalm 127 was all about: 

Children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

I am sure it would have been nice to have had a few more dollars in the bank, but we would have missed those walks around the block as he flew down the hill on his Big Wheel trike. We would have missed watching him learn to crawl out of his baby bed in his Superman pajamas, hang on the rail, and then drop to the floor as nimbly as Clint Eastwood escaped from Alcatraz Prison that year at the cinema. We would have missed hearing him learn to pray, to profess his faith in Christ alone for his salvation, and seeing him grow into the Christian young man (although at thirty-one he is not so young anymore) that he is today.

Today, when I called to wish him a “Happy Birthday” it was good to hear his three kids in the background (8, 6, and soon to be 4) playing in the backseat of the car (cell phones are wonderful things) as he waited for Kera, his wife, to finish her Wal-mart shopping. Yes, now he is discovering just as I, that the promises of God are “for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” (Acts 2:39) And, I am pretty sure that he was glad that he didn’t wait to have children, either.



  1. Branson said,

    July 3, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Very encouraging, and a little reassuring. Not that I’m planning to be a father anytime soon, but the thought had been weighing on me a little. This is something I needed to read. Thanks.

  2. Carly said,

    July 14, 2009 at 4:54 PM

    Good post.

  3. Tommy said,

    July 17, 2009 at 2:46 AM

    Clifton, thanks for the good post and the encouragement of hearing how a young boy with a young faith has grown up to be a Godly man that shepherds his own family. I pray the same for all the little Hairs that they, by God’s grace, may also follow Christ all the days of their lives.

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