“Pitying Your Children” ( Psalm 103:13, KJV ) by Carley Evans

Newborn child, seconds after birth. The umbili...

Do you ever feel sorry for your child? Do you look at him or her and say to yourself, “Oh, how sorry I am that you have to go through so much pain in this world”? In other words, do you pity your baby?

Don’t you — even if you are not a mother — feel that umbilical cord between yourself and the flesh of your body? Don’t you feel what your child feels? Joy for joy, sorrow for sorrow, fear for fear?

I know I do — with both of my two children.

If you are a parent, then it follows you understand something of God’s relationship with you, His child. Hold God in awe; He loves you so much.

“Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.”

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. Seriously. That is screwed up. Don’t pity your kids. Be proud of them and teach them to make the world a better place. You aren’t God. So don’t be so condescending.

    1. lambskinny says:

      The word in the King James Version of the Bible is “pity”; the same word is translated “compassion” in most other versions of the Holy Scripture. Oddly enough, so MANY people are offended by use of ANY OTHER version of the Bible than the KJV that I thought I’d perhaps reach more people if I used it this morning. Also, “pity” strikes a different cord — obviously — than “compassion.”

      Clotilda, do you not have compassion for your children? I would expect/hope that you do — assuming you have any children.

      Pity has gained a negative view in contrast to David’s view of it when he penned this psalm.

      God has compassion on us just as we have compassion for our kids. That’s my point. Condescending? I don’t know. I think not, but I may be wrong.

      Blessings again, Carley

    2. lambskinny says:

      See my reply; the only other comment I’d add — what in my post makes you think I would ever think I am a god?

  2. lambskinny says:

    Thanks Clotilda and Prayson Daniel. Blessings.

  3. lambskinny says:

    Hello Susie — thanks!

  4. I know this post was serious, but the first thought that went through MY evil mind was this – I can be heard uttering the phrase you posted to mychildren from time to time when they whine about something: “Oh, how sorry I am that you have to go through so much pain in this world” and when do, it drips with sarcasm. Then there’s my other favorite (in response to the oft-repeated refrain: “that’s not fair”): “I’ll tell you what’s fair. You’d be in hell if you got what’s fair.” (said again with a bit of a smirk).

    On the other hand, I’d step in front of a bus for my girls… And I pine to seem then grow in their relationship with Jesus.

    1. lambskinny says:

      Yep Holiday Longing, I know what you mean. And it’s to your credit that you pine for your children to “grow in their relationship with Jesus.” I admit I more often pine for them to be spared suffering. Now, how silly is that? since suffering is such a part of living here! God bless you.

      1. And suffering is what we are to share with Jesus. Not to mention it’s the best way to grow spiritually. So, I say, bring on the suffering, God, if it will turn my kids from sin and into greater intimacy with you!

        1. lambskinny says:

          H.L. — and you, then, are in a closer walk with the Lord than I am, for certain. I do not ask for suffering; I do attempt always to rejoice in it and to see that ‘silver’ lining in all things since I know God works for good through all things. I’ve never asked God to send suffering to my children; in fact, I beg the opposite every day. Blessings to you! Carley

          1. Well, I don’t actually pray to “bring on the suffering” since I am not a masochist! But, really, when I pray for my children, my husband, myself to grow closer to Jesus, it’s almost the same thing! In His mercy, he brings pain because He knows it’s the best way to heal our sin-broken hearts.

            I think I got this quote from one of Eliabeth Eliot’s books:

            Samuel Rutherford, enduring much persecution, to Hugh Mackail in 1636 –

            “Believe me, brother, I give it to you under mine own hand-writ, that whoso looketh to the whiteside of Christ’s cross and can take it up handsomely with faith and courage, shall find it such a burden as sails are to a ship or wings to a bird. I find that my Lord hath overgilded that black tree, and hath perfumed it, and oilded with joy and gladness.”

  5. lambskinny says:

    Happy Daddy Day, Jeff. All God’s mighty blessings!

  6. lambskinny says:

    H.L. — Beautiful quote. Thanks for adding it. (P.S. – Nope, I didn’t think you were a masochist. Not at all.) Blessings always, Carley

  7. lambskinny says:

    Blessings to you Michael, Carley

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