"Here comes one who will augment our loves." --Dante
Since baby James joined our family, one of my favorite things is watching Kalan and the kids love on him.
You'd think that with each new baby our love would be stretched thin. After all, children do put a strain on our time, energy, and money. But I've discovered love is different--it miraculously multiplies.
Each new family member allows me to know and appreciate the others in new ways, ways I didn't before.
It reminds me of something C.S. Lewis wrote about friendship. This has been on my mind recently, and I think it applies to families too:
"In each of my friends there is something that only some other friend can fully bring out...Two friends delight to be joined by a third, and three by a fourth...For in this love 'to divide is not to take away.'"
He goes on to say that this is how friends (and I would add earthly families) resemble the family of God.
Someday we will praise God together in heaven,
"where the very multitude of the blessed (which no man can number) increases the fruition which each has of God. For every soul, seeing Him in her own way, doubtless communicates that unique vision to all the rest...
...The more we thus share the Heavenly Bread between us, the more we shall all have.”
(Quotes are from The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis)