“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.”
Psalm 127:3 (ESV)
The star sapphire ring that my mom passed down to me when I turned thirteen still shines as brightly as it did the day she gave it to me. Growing out of being a girl and into being a woman, I was so proud to have that ring, because it was a piece of real jewelry and it had belonged to my mom. It was like an inheritance, and it symbolized my mom’s trust in me. Today, I get to pass that ring on to my daughter, Caroline, on her thirteenth birthday.
Caroline is truly a treasure to me and Bert. As an infant, with her bald head and round blue eyes, she looked like the Gerber baby. As a toddler, her vibrant personality and persistent curiosity kept us on our toes. As an elementary age child, her intelligence, concern for people, and gift of song more than amazed us. Now, she’s turning thirteen today, and she’ll officially be a teenager. And I get to pass on my sapphire ring to her.
Bert and I don’t take our role as parents lightly, and we treasure our gift in Caroline. As Solomon says in Psalm 127:3, one of the two Psalms he penned, “Children are a heritage from the Lord” and children a “reward” to their parents.
When I think of the idea of heritage, I think of something, such as an inheritance, being passed down from an ancestor. Bert and I know that Caroline is a gift from our father in heaven. And my ring is a gift to her. But the best gift I can give her is to teach her about the Lord – specifically, who she is in Christ.
Solomon stressed that having children is a blessing (Ps 127:5). So, as parents, let’s remember that:
- Children are our reward; they are our treasure.
- It’s important for us to leave a good inheritance for them, whether that inheritance is in material things or memories of good times spent together.
- We should teach our children about the Lord, as Deuteronomy 6:7-9 commands.
- We should thank the Lord for the gifts he has given us.
In Proverbs 17:6, Solomon also emphasizes that “Children’s children are a crown to the aged.” In other words, as parents, if we pass on a wonderful inheritance to our children, we can look forward to seeing them pass it on to their children.
I know if my mom were here today, she would be so proud that I’m following her example and passing on a beloved ring to my daughter, and that I’m teaching her the beautiful truth of who she is in Christ.
Let us leave a lasting legacy with our greatest treasure, our children.