“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
He arrived fresh from God. After years of prayer, he made his grand entrance into the room, into our lives and ever into our hearts. His long awaited arrival was met with joy, laughter, tears and awe — so enmeshed were the raw emotions as to be indistinguishable one from the other.
He will be taught to love God with all his heart, all his soul and all his strength. He will be cradled to sleep with hymns of praise and adoration for the God that knit him together in his mother’s womb. He will be prayed for by loving family and consecrated to the One who gave him breath.
He will grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ and be taught of the sacrifice that Christ made in order that he should live. He will be taught how to live and how to love with an eternal perspective. He will be urged to offer his body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, his spiritual act of worship (Romans 12:1).
He will be surrounded by others that will encourage him to live his life to the fullest, giving his best for the Gospel and leaving a legacy of faithfulness and surrender to God and to His will. He will sing with arms opened wide and heart abandoned at the goodness only God can give.
He will leave a footprint as to his comings and goings. His footprint will be like a map to the heart of God. His steadfast spirit will serve as an inspiration for others to follow as he purposefully and intentionally charts his course toward heaven’s home. He will, for the goal set before him, endure his cross and drink his bitter cup encouraging others to follow his example. And at last, when the lover of his soul calls him home, he will make another grand entrance and be greeted warmly and lovingly, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
Father God, our hearts are full today from the boundless blessings we enjoy at your hand. Thank you for the unspeakable gift of life. We praise you for our children — for from You and through You and to You are all things. We worship you today and always with unceasing praise and adoration. In Jesus’ name. Amen.