Today is our grandson Samuel’s first birthday. It’s hard to wrap my mind around the fact that this chunky, happy, healthy, playful, sturdy little pumpkin weighed in at 1 pound 8.5 oz. just one year ago today …a micro preemie with translucent skin who looked more like a sci-fi ultrasound come to life than a viable newborn. Samuel means “Asked of God.” Hannah testified: “For this child I prayed,
and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him” (1 Samuel 1:27).
That was the cry of our hearts—most of all Daniel and Brianna’s—for five years. I think sometimes God makes us wait a long time
for things He knows will be very hard, so that when the going is super challenging, we’ll remember that we asked for it. 🙂 But what a wonderful gift Baby Samuel has been for all of us! Last weekend was the joint celebration for our son Daniel’s 30th birthday and Samuel’s 1st birthday, and we had SO. MUCH. FUN! There were lots of family and friends, lots of yummy food, and lots of presents. Every child is precious, and every birthday is special, but I think the harder to come by, the more we appreciate the miracle of life and health. This Thanksgiving, I am just bursting with praise to God, who has blessed us with such an abundance of good things, best of all grace— the wondrous mercy that enables us to persevere through the ebb and flow of life’s joys and tribulations.
“God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work…Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God… Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:8,11,15).