Sunday, January 24, 2010

H. W. Hyde

"Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them" (Ps. 127:3-5)!

Yesterday, January 23, 2010, at 3:57PM God blessed us: H. W. Hyde was born. Annie Dillard describes maternity wards as "issuing out miracles in blasts." This seems like an apt description. In fact, miracles are so common place here that things move along as though God had not formed each of these little souls in their mother's womb. But he did. And we do feel blasted. But not only blasted, blessed too.

My beautiful bride is resting peacefully in bed; she is without pain and happy. My new son is pressed against her, content. My other two children are in route now to meet their new brother. Things are as they should be, and I am reminded of these realities:
  1. Children are a heritage from the LORD. Eugene Peterson put it like this in his paraphrase: "Don't you see that children are God's best gifts?" Amen!
  2. This means that children should not be viewed (or treated) as a burden or inconvenience. Children are not a burden, and we should repent of any attitude, activity, tone, statement, investment, and agenda that may even hint at that wicked notion.
  3. Unfortunately, we are surrounded by a culture that consistently and increasingly undervalues children. Continuing a 12-year decline, the U.S. birth rate has dropped to the lowest level since national data have been available, according to statistics recently released by the Center for Disease Control. Christians must trumpet the loud call of the Psalmist: "Children are a reward!" Are we faithful messengers?
  4. Children are weapons. They are weapons against the enemy and against our own flesh and chronic selfishness. Children are tools that God uses to shape and mold us more and more into the image of Jesus. The enemy attacks us with selfishness; God blesses us with children to curb our selfishness. The enemy attacks us with pride; God blesses us with children that melt that pride and arrogance by requiring our constant attention to the menial. Children are not only tools used to shape us; they are weapons pointed directly at the enemy. Demons shudder when children pray. Do you listen?
  5. I am thankful that God added one more to my quiver. I feel blasted, blessed, more equipped, better protected, and more loved.
I am also thankful that I have many around me who share these convictions. Join me in celebrating this new reward. I can't wait for you to meet him.




3 comments:

  1. Beautifully written. As I read this, I felt my little one moving and kicking around.

    My sentiments exactly.

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  2. Thank you, April. Hope you guys are well. Praying for you and the forthcoming baby! Much love.

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  3. thanks justin, for the perfect reminder... God's best gift is not only a miracle, blessing, joy, and constant comedy, but also a gift that makes us better people! Congrats on your cute 3rd! He looks so adorable!

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