Written by Darrow Miller in Above Rubies Magazine
One thing a woman is especially designed to do is nurture the next generation. Woman, in the very fiber of her being, was made to nurture.
In our modern materialistic culture, things are more important than relationships. The woman’s ability to nurse and nurture a child has very little cachet. As a result, families are dissolving. Children may be provided with things but know little of a mother’s nurture. We are reaping the harvest of growing depression in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Those never nurtured by a maternal heart seek identity and escape in drugs, alcohol, recreational sex, and extreme, death defying sports.
Motherhood is beautiful, wonderful, and vital to the health of families, children, and the future of a stable and flourishing nation. No amount of cold, hard, plastic toys will replace the warm, human touch of a mother. No amount of staring into a screen will replace the loving gaze of a mother’s eyes. No amount of material things will replace the art of “being there.” Our children, communities, and nations are starving for the presence of the maternal, nurturing heart.
Modern feminism rooted in materialistic culture says that a woman’s worth is found in the marketplace rather than the domestic space, in producing money and things rather than raising healthy children. A sexist culture promotes the lie that the male is superior to the female. Women seek fulfillment in being like a man. In both sexist and modern feminist culture, maleness is the hyper value.
An unknown author has stated, “Our generation is becoming so busy trying to prove that women can do what men can do that women are losing their uniqueness. Women weren’t created to do everything a man can do. Women were created to do everything a man can’t do.”
It is the mother’s nurturing nature, her being there, more than virtually anything else, that contributes to the mental, physical, and moral health of her children, which health is a predictor of the moral health of the marketplace and the public square. Indeed, the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.
Let us restore, as a people and a culture, the wonder and beauty of the feminine and female. Let us restore the glory of the maternal heart to a central place in our culture. Let’s celebrate being there, placing children, rather than things at the center of our lives. After all, the home is the nursery of a nation.
Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.