“In one word, the whole soul, wrapped up in carnal delights, seeks its happiness on this earth.
To counteract this, the Lord by various and severe lessons of misery, teaches his children the vanity of the present life.
. . . That they may not become too complacent or delighted in married life, he makes them distressed by the shortcomings of their partners, or humbles them through willful offspring, or afflicts them with the want or loss of children.”
–Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life by John Calvin.
(I find it so encouraging to know that suffering has a purpose, to know that the Lord is using our suffering to grow us to be more like him and help us to lay our treasures up in heaven, to cling less and less to this world. He has used the “want of children” in my life exactly this way. I’m thankful that Calvin listed it there amongst the other everyday lessons of misery.)