Monday, January 28, 2013

The Blessing of Nicholas


We spent yesterday in a glow of relief and celebration on news that our first grandchild, Nicholas, has arrived safely in this world. Son Isaac called 90 minutes after the lil' gomer was born and we could hear him crying in the background. So new to this life and already testing out his lungs. Since Nicholas was eleven days overdue Rebekah must be thinking "finally!"

This generational stuff is remarkable really. I remember so well the night of Isaac's birth and the mixture of terror and elation. He was our first child and what did we know about parenthood? We blinked and suddenly we are grandparents! We hope that we go through this many times more as each of our three adult children eventually enters into parenthood. No pressure though!

It is interesting that as I have been preaching a series on blessing I began with God's blessing on Abraham and Sarah, who assumed they would never have children. God's promise is an abundance of generations. Then the blessing of Isaac, their son, on the wrong twin boy, Jacob. We know that each generation has the potential for boths blessings and curses, but we choose to take the risk of birth, as God took the risk of birth.

We have no crystal ball for the health and welfare of our children or grandchildren. Instead we delight in the moment and thank God for the gracious gift of a helpless child. How blessed we are!

Thoughts?

12 comments:

LSDPB said...

Children one of the most fabulous wonders of the world. Congratulations to all at this very special time in your families celebration of the birth of Nicholas.

IanD said...

Congratulations on the new arrival! May the blessing of sleep reach Ike's house as much as possible in the next 12 months!

Laurie said...

Congratulations! Grandparents, wow!!

Sarah said...

Many congratulations to everyone! Welcome to the world, Nicholas!!

willowjakmom said...

Congratulations! Wishing joy and sleep to the new parents and hope that you and Ruth get to see him soon.

Judy said...

Congratulations ! Having 7 grandchildren, ranging in age from 5 - 21 years, I am well aware of the blessing - and the wonder - of grandchildren... each so unique, yet each with identifiable family traits ! Just love and cherish them!

roger said...

Congratulations David!

Deborah Laforet said...

Wonderful news. 11 day overdue! Blessings to the whole family.

Lori-Ann said...

Congratulations to you and Ruth and Isaac and Rebekah!

Laura said...

Time does have wings (except maybe when you are 40 weeks pregnant). So good to hear both Mom and babe are doing well. Enjoy this most wonderful time in the life of your family.
Maybe someday we'll get the chance to tell Nicholas how the anticipation of becoming his Grandpa turned a wise and seemingly patient man quite goofy. Lucky kid!

dmy said...

Grandchildren give us hope, we marvel at the tiny miracle of creation, we are loved and blessed, God is good. Seeing our children as parents opens another world of parenting for us, conversations with our children take on different meaning as we give them assurances at every stage of this new and joyous time in their lives. Congratulations to you and Ruth as you enter the wonderful world of grandparenting.

David Mundy said...

Thank you for all these lovely and thoughtful comments. You can see photos of Nicholas on Isaac Mundy's Facebook page. We are trying to figure out how to get there since our weekend plans were kiboshed.