“For this child I prayed.”  1 Samuel 1:27

Although this child is not mine, he is much loved by our family. A little cousin, he was a much prayed for little boy.  Not only was he prayed for, but he is still prayed for each day as he grows his way through life.  His energy and enthusiasm for life are contagious and he brings everyone around him much joy!

I am reminded of the responsibility that raising a child brings upon a family when I read this quote from the book, The Strong-Willed Child:

“Our children are not casual guests in our home. They have been loaned to us temporarily for the purpose of loving them and instilling a foundation of values on which their future lives will be built. We will be accountable through eternity for the way we discharge that responsibility.”

May we as mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and godparents accept this responsibility with vigor and determination! The future is in the hands of the little child.

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