Chappy’s corner “the gift of a child”

Ole was in the waiting room at the hospital when the doctor came in and said, “Ole I have good news and bad news for you!”  Ole replied, “Give me the good news first!” The doctor replied, “Well, Lena gave birth to a baby boy weighing 7 lbs and both Lena and the baby are doing fine.”  Ole said, “That is good news, but what’s the bad news?”  The doctor replied, “Well it was a caesarean birth!”At that moment Ole shook his head sadly and said, “Oh my! That is bad news since both Lena and I are Lutheran!


A Pastor told me that joke over twenty five years ago.  A lot of scary stuff  like wars and bombings, school shootings, hurricanes, floods and the list can go on and on in those twenty five years. But in the midst of all those tragedies there were also many joys and blessings as people celebrated weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, promotions, graduations and one of the best joys; the birth of a child. This month our son and his wife were blessed with the birth of their first child, a daughter named Sage. She is also our first grandchild.    For us this is a special time, but then the birth of any child should be special.

Sadly not everyone sees children as special.  We hear about children being abused, injured and even killed.  At this very moment a famous football player is accused of causing injury to his child and he is only one of many people who face such charges.  It is a sad world when people don’t see how a child is a gift, a blessing and a sign of hope. In the old TV series “All in the Family” Edith Bunker is listening to her son-in-law Mike talk about how he is not sure he wants a child to be born in this crazy horrible world.  He goes on and on about all the violence and tragedy.  As one listens one sees his point how the world is a dangerous place for children. But then Edith in her simple wisdom says, “But maybe your child will change the world.” 


Not every child will have a major impact on the world, but there have been many children born who have made changes in the world.  People like Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King are only a few. However there is one child who did change everything. That child is Jesus who was born over 2000 years ago.


Some folks may see Jesus as only a great teacher, but for us who claim to be Christians we see him as the Savior of the world.  Jesus changed the world by being the sacrifice for our sins and be forgiven and have life with God now and forever. As Jesus said, “God so loved the world that He gave his only son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”  Jesus makes a difference in our lives. He gives us a future, but God also promises to be with us as we face the hardships and heartaches in life. God never promises that life will be easy, but He does promise that nothing can ever separate us from him.


So as God’s children we can face the future not afraid of what may or may not happen in life, but instead knowing God is with us.   At the same time we can strive to make a difference in the world.  In fact, God has called us to be difference makers.   It doesn’t have to be a big difference.  Just simply living our lives as God wants us to live can be a great example to others. Doing the right thing for the right reason we can make a positive difference in the lives of others; especially in the life of a child.


That’s just my thoughts from this sunny SE corner of South Dakota.   


CH (COL) David Gunderson