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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)
Monday, March 02, 2015
Children: Not Our Choice, But God's Choice for Us
Moreover, children pull us into time, demanding that we make time to enjoy the sheer wonder of their lives in a world that too often denies children simply because, having become gods unto ourselves, we are too busy. The same God who created time, who entered time in the Exodus and in the resurrection of Jesus, is determined for us to redeem our time, to pass our time in important matters like caring for children, to witness to the world that, despite the uncertainties and terrors of tomorrow, God has given us the means to live into the future by giving birth to and raising children. One of the most moving testimonials to faith in God was the willingness of Jews to have children, even in the days of the Holocaust. Our openness to children is a witness to our faith that God, not nations, rules the world and writes the future.
Stanley M. Hauerwas and William H. Willimon, The Truth About God: The Ten Commandments in Christian Life, pp. 100-101.