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!