From the January/February, 2007 issue of Touchstone
Losing Justin by Daniel Propson

Losing Justin

Daniel Propson on Miscarriage as God’s Bitter Word

God made man in such a way that, if he simply did what was pleasant to him, he would in short order have a bunch of smaller versions of himself toddling around at his feet. And as this is what a man (or a woman) was made for, the man without children ought to ask himself: What good is everything I manage to build, if I can offer it to no one?

To be sure, the parent’s calling is to give of himself, to the point of death, to meet the needs of his children. But the father (or mother) may find joy in this sacrifice, while the man or woman who is free of children all too often finds that his freedom is a burden, a loss, and a source of pain.

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