around the very cradle of his infant!
(J. A. James, "Parental
Desire, Duty, & Encouragement")
The godly parent
reflects on the destiny of that being
with rapture, he calls his child. He penetrates the
which the 'helplessness and unconsciousness
seem to have thrown around that child, and
grandeur and the dignity of an immortal
being! He sees in
his countenance, that face which is
to shine like the
the skies with the glory of God--OR to be clouded with the
infamy and horror of the
divine curse! He hears a voice
which is to be forever
hymning the praises of its Creator
--OR to be forever
venting blasphemies against its Judge!
In short, he
contemplates a being born for eternity; one
be forever towering from height to height of glory
heaven--OR sinking from gulf to gulf of despair in hell!
He reflects that his child is born with the latent seeds
of sinful corruption in his nature, which await only the
advancing 'spring of life' to vegetate, to strike root,
spring up under the fatal warmth of temptation,
bear the bitter fruits of rebellion against God.
He sees, in imagination, the world, the flesh and
devil, gathering around the very
fixing their murderous
eyes upon his
immortal soul and
out to prepare for his ruin!
He realizes that his
child possesses an
which is in danger of being forever undone!
anything for him less than the salvation
of his child's
immortal soul, is cruelty of the