08 February 2012

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

Abraham rejoiced when he heard that God had given his brother children.  Today, as a result of miserly greed and shameful unbelief, the world is saddened by such a thing.  People do not believe that God Himself nourishes the children whom He has given, yet experience shows that poor orphans often accomplish the greatest things in the world, as proved in the story of Esther.  "Behold, children are a gift of God and the fruit of the womb is a reward."  Oh, dear God, help all parents to receive their children as gifts from You, and thus be all the more diligent to raise them to the glory of Your name. -- Blessed Valerius Herberger, The Great Works of God III/IV, p. 123,124.

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