In the past few weeks, through the wonder of ultrasound technology, I’ve “met” grandchildren #2 and #3 who will join our family later this year. Grandchild #1 (that’s him in the photo), who’s nearly five now, will get to be both a big brother and a cousin.
Yes, both of our daughters are expecting, and just six or seven weeks apart! We’re all feeling excited and grateful!
One of my daughters is using an app on her phone to learn how the baby is developing each week. As she read off how tiny the baby was (only as big as a blueberry) yet all that was going on in that tiny body, I thought of these verses:
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.–Psalm 139:3-16
How completely amazing! And how comforting to know that God knows our family’s new little ones intimately already!
The Bible also says that “grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children (Proverbs 17:6). Well, I’m not aged–yet! But I hope for a long life and to be a good grandparent, to know all my grandchildren well, to pray for them and encourage them. And to pray for and encourage their parents too!
I want them all to place and keep their hope and trust solidly in the Father and in Jesus the Son, to be born of the Spirit and to stay in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:25), following the Lord’s paths all the days of their lives.
I want that for your children and grandchildren too. All of us here at Christian Children’s Authors do. It’s one reason we’re blessed to write books and teach and blog.
We will not hide these truths from our children;
we will tell the next generation
about the glorious deeds of the Lord,
about his power and his mighty wonders.
For he issued his laws to Jacob;
he gave his instructions to Israel.
He commanded our ancestors
to teach them to their children,
so the next generation might know them—
even the children not yet born—
and they in turn will teach their own children.
So each generation should set its hope anew on God,
not forgetting his glorious miracles
and obeying his commands.–Psalm 78:4-7
Want to see something amazing? Watch this short talk and video from Alexander Tsiaras, “From Conception to Birth,” created with visualization software that enabled him to “paint” the human anatomy using volume data.
DIANEVisit Diane at www.abibleplace.com © 2012, Diane Stortz