It is one of those moments that will take your breath away; you may have guessed that I am talking about the birth of our first grandchild, Lena Grace McLaughlin. For Stephanie and me, holding that precious little one was a sacred moment. It has been said “there are no atheists in foxholes”, to that I would add,” there are no atheists in the birthing room/maternity wing”. We feel happy and blessed and very thankful. God’s gift of life continues to amaze and thrill us.
At the risk of sounding like a dinosaur, I observed that things have certainly changed since the birth of our children. Yet we celebrate that the changes are for the good of the baby, the parents and families. The constant for me is the wonder and beauty of a new life coming into the world. The joy we feel at a time like this reinforces that God is working in our hearts and lives and in the world to bring new life, physically and spiritually. So, the birth of a child is God’s opinion that life should go on. Thanks be to God!
Your loving support and prayers are certainly appreciated by our family as we welcome Lena into the world. Let us as a church family join together to know and love God and with thankful hearts embrace God’s gift of new life in its many and varied forms.
Grace and Peace, Don