Wanting the World for Our Children
Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of Him.
“What is it you want?” He asked.
She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at the left in your kingdom.”
– (Matthew 20:20-21)
As a mom, I can understand the motivation that was driving Zebedee’s wife’s question. She wanted assurance that her boys would be secure and established not only now, but in Christ’s kingdom, forever. Though the question was a bit over the top, the heart that had the audacity to ask, was one of a mama who wanted the very best for her boys.
Based on the response that Jesus gave, our charge as parents to help establish security for our children, is to teach them to have a heart to serve Him, rather than to pursue recognition. If we keep in mind that our children are not our own, but rather are a precious gift from God, granted for a tender time to raise in the way that He calls them, and then are meant to be released to go forth to pursue whatever path He has placed before them, we may continually be in a space of lifting them up before Him. Our prayers do not go void, and our children never stop being our kids.
of a mother’s heart;
seeks to provide,
safety from the start.
The greatest gift,
granted as they grow;
roots deep in Christ,
so His path, they’ll know.
Lead them in love,
show a heart that serves;
quick to forgive,
give praise that’s deserved.
Not in our strength,
but clearly in His;
faith, hope and love,
great blessings He gives.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the treasures that children are to us. Thank You that You consider us Your children, regardless of our age or upbringing. Thank You that You are loving and full of grace, and that You provide all that we need to parent and love children well. Forgive us for our own selfish desires for our kids, and help us to submit our children wholly unto You. May Your purposes and plans for their lives come to pass. Teach us how to love and raise them in the way that they are meant to go, and help us to cover them in prayer, always. May many come to know the gift of Your goodness and grace through our precious progenies. Be glorified through the faithfulness of our families. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy.
– Hebrews 4:16