Thursday, April 17, 2008

Becoming parents

I recently received a congratulation card that included a quotation from Christian philosopher, J. Budziszewski. I remembered reading the same quote several years ago with abstract awe. This time around, it's personal. I recognize the truth of it in my life and praise God for the disruptive blessing of my little person.
"Offspring convert us; they force us to become different beings. There is no way to prepare for them completely. They crash into our lives, they soil their diapers, they upset all our comfortable living arrangements, and nobody knows how they will turn out. Willy-nilly, they knock us out of our complacent habits and force us to live outside of ourselves; they are the necessary and natural continuation of the shock to our egotism which is initiated by marriage itself. To receive this great blessing requires courage."