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What My Sons Teach Me About God

Their defiance and reliance model my own.

by
Walter Hudson

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June 16, 2013 - 6:45 am
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my two sons

My sons.

Last week, I became a father for the second time. My wife presented me with another son.

I imagine that the birth of a second child proves over time to be a unique experience. There may be no other moment in life which so profoundly demonstrates love’s abundance. When you have your first child, it feels like a pinnacle. How could you possibly love more than that? The prospect of a second child seems to the uninitiated to portend a division of that love between two objects, like the division of an estate between inheritors.

I did not need to know my new son for long before realizing that parental love does not divide. It multiplies. Everything my firstborn means to me has been duplicated.

That experience provides some insight into the boundless love of God. What my two sons evoke in me dimly reflects what each of God’s children evoke in Him. My sons thus make it easier for me to understand why God would create us in the first place, and why He would be willing to give so much — even in the face of rebellion — to offer salvation.

Four years old, my firstborn constantly reminds me of myself, modeling in his relationship with me my own relationship with God. His defiance echoes my own, as does his helpless reliance.

Like most children his age, my firstborn becomes very attached to particular objects and carts them around wherever he goes. It may be a toy helicopter or truck. Sometimes, he clings to a found coin or his favorite blanket. Whatever happens to be his MacGuffin de jour, my son frequently loses track of it, whether darting about home or traveling around town. When he loses a coveted trinket, his world comes to an end. It absolutely must be found without delay.

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Loved the article. Someone much wittier than I once said..."Before I had children, I had six theories on how to raise children.

Now I have six children and no theories!"
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Thank you. This is beautiful.
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Awesome Walter!

This is why you are one of my favorite writers – even as far back when you wrote for RN. Congratulations with the arrival of your second and though yes, it does get tougher especially through the teenage years, the rewards and love also multiply. Happy Father’s Day!
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Well said. Amen!
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Beautiful. Congratulations!
I've often thought that we have an excellent picture of the God-Man relationship in the model of parenthood. Especially in the area of Free Will vs. Obedience.
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