I deeply regret that I am only now making this announcement. But I can’t wait to tell you just the same. In the same week that I helped my oldest son’s family (and my sweet little Remi) move to CA…our youngest son, Matt and my daughter (in-law), Christi, broke wonderful news to us. Grandbaby number three is on the way! Christi is about 10 weeks along now. She has had some morning sickness. I have not. But I have seen two ultrasound pics. I can tell from those pics that this baby is going to be beautiful, intelligent, multi-talented and an absolute delight to all of us. Grandfathers know these things. So…number three, Rex. I am closing in on you. One more for the tie.
Wow…another grandchild…another amazing demonstration of God’s everlasting divinity and power…another message from God that He hasn’t given up on this world yet…another challenge to learn and live the lessons of love (Matt and Christi, school starts on or around August 6th, hey?)…another precious soul to love all the way to Jesus…another reason why our prayers are fervent…why the holidays are special…why our times of separation will be lonelier. We will get to buy more gifts…celebrate one more birthday…and enjoy several more “firsts” (like first tooth…first word…first step… first potty success…first Christmas…first coloring picture….and first day of school)
“Unto you a child is born…” said the prophecy. The world was never the same again. Darkness was turned to light. Despair gave way to living hope. Truth was vindicated. Evil was put on notice. The coming of that Babe has blessed the coming of every babe since. The future brims with bright possibilities.
“To my tiny, coming grandchild (be she girl or be he boy), I pray that the story of your life will be one of continual discovery of the heart, mind and will of your Father God, intimate relationship with Him always and effective partnership with Him in His great cause on the earth. I love you more than I can say…and I’ll only love you more with each passing day.” Poppa Oakes