I bet I know what your kids want for Christmas next year.
Oh, boy — if this isn’t the last thing you want to think about right now.
You want to get this Christmas paid for or at least get the tree down and put a dent in the candy cane supply before you start thinking about next Christmas – I understand. But this is something we really need to talk about right now, because if this gift is going to be under the tree, you only have a couple of months to work on it.
So what would your kids rather have than any new toy?
Well, let me ask you this: Do you have a sibling or maybe two or three? With the possible exception of little brothers answering this question in reference to their big sisters and vice versa — is there any toy out there that is so great that you would trade one of your brothers or sisters for it? Why, I’ve even heard of kids asking Santa to put a little brother or sister under the tree.
So, yes, I am suggesting that you might want to give your kid or kids a sibling next Christmas.
Right now while we are still celebrating the great gift of the baby Jesus is a great time to think about what a wonderful gift a child is to a family.
Think about the love you share with your own brothers and sister and consider what a life long gift you are giving your own kids when you have another child. Consider what you are giving your grandchildren when you do this: You are giving them cousins and cousins make great playmates and lifelong friends. And consider what you are giving to God – another eternal soul to praise Him forever.
Quite providentially, just as I started writing this, I received an email from one of my friends that said very poignantly what I am trying to say to you:
Dear Family and Friends,
As 2010 rapidly approaches us we reflect back on what a wonderful year 2009 was. It had it’s ups and downs but the ups certainly outweighed the downs! We know that throughout all that happens in our lives we are continually blessed with amazing family and friends. God continues to take care of us and we are always thankful for the blessings He bestows upon us.
We will ring in the new year with the same outlook on life… looking at all we have with thanksgiving and appreciation. We already know that 2010 will be an incredible year as we are expecting our 10th child! We know that God has wonderful things in store for us in the upcoming year and the birth of another precious child will just make everything we experience that much more amazing.
We hope that your new year will be just as incredible as ours surely will be! Even when life is hard, even when life seems to be insurmountable we can always look at the children God has blessed us with and know that there is hope in the world. I know that us announcing that we are expecting another child comes as no surprise anymore but we wanted to share our news with you as we are excited, our children are overjoyed and we know that this baby will be such a wonderful blessing to our family as all of our children have been. I know that some wonder why we continue to have more children when we have so many but those of you who have spent time with our children surely can understand! They are such amazing reminders of God’s love.
We pray that your new year is full of surprises and wonderful blessings from God. We hope that He blesses your family as richly as He continues to bless ours. We ask for your continued prayers for our family and hope you know that you are always in ours. We look forward to sharing our family with you in the new year!
Mike and Michelle
Kaylie, Garrett, Savannah, Emma, Isabella, Anna, Benjamin, Caroline and Madison
And so I am asking you, could your family perhaps open generously to share the gift of life the way my friend Michelle’s family has?
A lot of times in this space we publish criticisms of the world’s agenda of hypersexuality and assaults on the dignity of life. We are proudly and loudly pro-life. Politics and bumper stickers and marching and keeping vigil all matter in the struggle to build a civilization of life. But in the end, nothing says pro-life like new life — like a baby.
So ask your kids — I’ll bet a baby is what they want.