"Although our children, having been born in sin, are not innocent human being, they have been washed clean from all their sins by Christ's death and their own Holy Baptism. Christ has made them children of His Father and heirs of eternal life. Therefore, their heavenly Father loves them infinitely more dearly than their earthly fathers and mothers are able to love them. He carries them in His heart as a mother does in her womb. He gives them to drink of His Spirit of grace, as a mother does with the milk of her breast. He gives them the holy angels to be their guardians and attendants, and He keeps His eye upon them day and night. He is angry with those who cause them even the smallest sorrow and prompt them to sin. It would be better for such people if a millstone were hung around their neck and they were drowned in the depth of the sea. For He says, 'Whoever receives one such child in my name receives Me.' How, then, could it be wrath if He quickly takes His dear one out of this world" (God Grant It: Daily Devotions from C.F.W. Walther, p. 743-744).
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