If you have had a long unproductive week, without any wins, then I invite you to share in my joy! Last Tuesday I welcomed into the world a brand new grandson who now owns the name Max William Whitley. Someone has said “babies are always more trouble than you thought and more wonderful” (Charles Osgood). My daughter in law would agree with the trouble part after the labour she put in, but when I saw him and held him for the first time I couldn’t help but be amazed at the wonder of it all and God’s goodness.
The Bible says we are fearfully and wonderfully made and any suggestion that we are just an accident as a result of random mutations has never pondered the miracle of birth or held in their arms a new born babe. It is a humbling experience, which drives me to thankfulness to God for such a precious gift, and reminds me of the awesome responsibility we have as parents and grandparents.
Life is a journey, with challenges at every milestone, and who knows what great things are in store for Max.
But my role is clear, to be there for him, alongside his parents, and to help provide physical, mental and spiritual nourishment, teaching and examples so that he will grow up to know who God is and what God expects of him.
Chaplain Ian Whitley