Friday, August 03, 2007

TREASURE THEM AS GIFTS!


More tragedy from the times in which we live, from the wires;

"A 5-month-old baby died after his mother forgot to drop him off at day care and left him in her hot car all day while she worked.
Lynn Brol, 32, of Franklinville arrived at her job around 8 a.m. Thursday and did not realize she had left her son, Brayden, in the car until she left work at 5 p.m., police in the rural Wyoming County village of Arcade said."

I cannot begin to imagine the agony this mom is going through and would encourage all readers of this blog to pray for her and the rest of the family. But I also cannot help but to stop and take note of the days in which we live. It is the norm for mom and dad to work. It is the norm for everyone to be running around like crazy, having put too much activity into too little time. People today, while in the car driving, are eating, making phone calls, and even receiving and sending text messages. It is life in turbo.

It seems to me that this is a significant contributing factor to tragedies like the one we read of today. Around 340 children have died similar deaths in the last 10 years. While I do not ever want to question the Sovereignty of God, I do believe that there is something to be learned here beyond the need to pay attention. I believe that there is the need for all of us to slow down. To adjust our schedules, not only to have the family meal time I wrote of yesterday, but also to keep the family intact. In the days when mom did not have to work, homes were much more stable and families much safer.

There was not the latch key phenomenon, nor were there parents who were so busy with life that they were forgetting about babies in their cars. I pray for this woman, but I also pray that every parent reading this would count their children a blessed gift. Make those changes that avail you to be a part of , with and attentive to your kids!

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pastor tom
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