Wednesday, October 31, 2007

To Be a Keeper *AT HOME*

I am heartsick. Listening to the radio, I just heard about a mother who, after getting off work, got into her car to "discover" her 17 month old baby, dead in his carseat. She had forgotten to take him to daycare, and the heat of the car killed him, while she was blissfully unaware at work.

I cannot hardly think about this without my Mama's heart crying out at the injustice, and the fear and frustration that baby must have gone through~ being stuck in his car seat, no one coming to help him when he cried... But my heart breaks for this family, I don't know the reason the mama was working, perhaps she just wants to, perhaps she has to, maybe she has bought into the lie that as women we can have it all. But, intentionally or not, she has killed her baby.

Sadly, this story is repeated far too often in our society. I believe it to be one more evidence that we are to be keepers at home, loving our husbands, cherishing our children. What kind of a society do we live in that encourages women to be so busy outside their homes, to be so obsessed with "having it all", that our minds are so full of "stuff", that we can't even remember what we've done with our children?

We have buried a child. There is nothing more traumatic and horrendous for a parent to have to live through than the death of a child. I cannot even imagine how much worse it would be if you carried the blame for the child's death.

Wives, Mamas, please, please understand how wonderful, how sacred a calling you have! Stay home, provide sanctuary for your Beloved, cherish your children and hold them close.

"Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train theyoung women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled." Titus 2:3-5 (emphasis mine)


Tracylea said...

Thank you for your hearfelt post. So many children are paying the price for a second income. I too pray for this poor lady, my heart aches for her.

Mama Russell said...

Tracy, I am so very glad for this post and it is such a post filled with truth. This death fills my heart with grief. I cannot even imagine what that little one went through.

In His grace,