Do you sometimes think you’re a lone voice in the wilderness, crying out “children are blessings!” in a world that ridicules the idea? It’s not the first time in history people have felt this way, particularly people of faith.
Ultimately, we have so much good thought behind our claim that children are blessings. Our books delve into familial, civil, cultural, biblical, historical arguments. We’re adding Martin Luther to the list. Check this out:
“Although it is very easy to marry a wife, it is difficult to support her along with the children and the household. Accordingly, no one notices this faith of Jacob. Indeed, many hate fertility in a wife for the sole reason that the offspring must be supported and brought up. For this is what they commonly say: ‘Why should I marry a wife when I am a pauper and a beggar? I would rather bear the burden alone and not load myself with misery and want.’ But this blame is unjustly fastened on marriage and fruitfulness. Indeed, you are indicting your unbelief by distrusting God’s goodness, and you are bringing greater misery upon yourself by disparaging God’s blessing. For if you had trust in God’s grace and promises, you would undoubtedly be supported. But because you do not hope in the Lord, you will never prosper.”
Luther’s Works, Vol. 5, p.332