Our Children Bring Us Closer to God

When I was younger, I thought I knew what love was. Then my daughter was born. As I held her in my arms, I realized I had known as much about love as I did about eighteenth-century Latvian architecture. And I intuitively understood how having children brings us closer to God.

As soon as you become a parent, you have a greater understanding of and appreciation for divine love. I’ve been told that God’s love is absolute, unconditional and eternal. Check, check and check.

Michiko and her daughter, Kimi

I recently interviewed Michiko, a woman whose four-year-old daughter, Kimi, is battling cancer. She told me:

When I talk to people who don’t have kids, I just laugh because they don’t understand. It’s like a secret we have; I want to tell it to them but I can’t because they won’t believe me. You have no idea what love is until you have a child. Like so many parents, I would die for my child. I beg God, “Take me instead. Please. I’m glad to go.”

Becoming a parent instantly reframes your perspective and realigns your priorities. What’s that, God? You want to strip me of every last dollar and throw me out on the street? No problem. As long as I’ve got my kid, I’m the richest guy on the planet.

That contentment is why having a child moves you closer to being in this world but not of it. You realize that the worldly things you cared about before are ultimately insignificant and that the only thing that matters is love. And what is love? Love is the language of God. Love is God. You exist because of love. You exist to share love. You exist to be love.

Thank you, God, for giving me a little piece of yourself to love and care for. I am honored and grateful beyond measure.

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2 Responses to “Our Children Bring Us Closer to God”

  1. Christine Says:

    Sorry, parenthood is definitely not for everyone. I’m perfectly content to be a mother to my 2 cats.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Yes, there are many different paths in life, all of them honorable. Some people are meant to have children, others are not.

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