I'm going to be a dad again! =)
Wednesday is our [my wife's] scheduled C (that's hip for scheduled cesarean-section surgery); hey, I didn't say you couldn't be hip. Anyway, Benjamin Levi or Rebekah Colleene will be making this a family of six very soon! To say I'm excited is an understatement.
"Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,I can't help but imagine wrapping my arms around my four children with pride and pledging to Christ that I will do my best to represent Him to my children (with my life, not just my instruction). Imagining how together we can build an army of love to conquer the gates of hell by showering the world with His Truth.
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!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate."
(Psalm 127:3-5 ESV)
Oh, my kids see me mess up, get angry, and show my many faults; but I hope I model for them enough forgiveness, authenticity, and an ear to listen in return.
While I do remember that tomorrow is never promised, and my very breath I just took is a gift, I still can't help but be filled with excitement as this day is quickly approaching. God willing, I am so excited to dedicate this child in front of my church family, feeling that little hand squeeze my finger, see their eyes meet mine for the very first time, and simply watch this miracle of life grow.
So while this blog entry may not be focused on my eternal Father, I still recognize who's child my wife is really carrying, and that is His. If I continue to be just as excited after my fourth time around, I know He continues to welcome with joy each of His countless children in the world as well.
Happy Father's Day Abba!