Reading: Psalm 127:3-5
3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents in court.
Thought for Reflection:
Why does a Psalm that starts off talking about work suddenly switch to talking about having children? In the Psalmist’s time, children were seen as a blessing from God for those who were faithful to him; those who walked with him in all areas of life, including work, would be expected to be blessed this way. Perhaps the Psalmist is also trying to remind us that the value of work is serving other and building relationships rather than accumulating wealth and prestige.
Help us Father to see that the riches of work come not from our salaries and pensions, but from the relationships we build and the people we serve.