We Shot an Arrow into the Future Yesterday

A Monday Missional Missive

Psalm 127 (ESV)
1 A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.

Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.

5 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.

Verse 4 and 5 introduce us to a strange and wonderful metaphor in relation to children. When God, through his miraculous workings, opens the womb of a woman and gives a couple a child, the last thing most would think of are images of war. And yet, Solomon, the king whose name means peace, speaks of warfare as the appropriate image for the birth of a child. Strange or wonderful?

Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.

A warrior stands at a particular place in time, both geographically and chronologically. There is a battle to be fought and he and his weaponry are the implements with which the battle will be waged. The arrows he carries are the warriors opportunity to effect the outcome of the battle at some distance from where he stands. So, our children are the opportunity parents have to effect the cause of Christ for generations to come.

We shape our little arrows in the crucible of our homes, honing them, bending them, straightening them by the power of God’s word and the loving instruction of our nurture and discipline. But the day comes, when the shaped-arrow is fitted to the bow and released to make its mark. Our children marry, leave home, begin a one-flesh relationship with a spouse under the Lordship of Christ and for the glory of his name.

Yesterday, we shot another arrow into the future. Marty III became the husband of Anna and today they march into their future with hearts aflame for Christ and one another. Long may their flame burn. May the passion of their flame for Christ, fuel the flame of their love for one another. May their love be a beacon to others, pointing the way to the God of creation.


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