Sunday, October 28, 2012

Bread for The Journey


Jesus Loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow, black and white,
All are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world.


Recently I've been thinking a lot about children.
On October 1st we were blessed with a new baby grandson - our 7th grandchild.  
As I held this little one, only hours after he was born, 
I marveled again at the whole miracle of birth.
This precious little boy has, from conception, everything vital to life, everything needed to become an adult.  How is it that his heart was made with not only the ability to pump the blood his body needs to feed its cells but the capacity to do this without any conscious effort on his behalf?  How do cells multiply so that this tiny heart increases in size to meet the needs of his growing body?
His features reflect those of his parents and yet he is unique - 
there is no other child just like him.
He breathes, eats, sleeps and cries - he feels pain, comfort and warmth.  
Soon he will respond with a smile to a friendly face and will crawl and walk and run.  
His brain will enable him to learn and understand not only what is seen and taught but also  intangible things that he will sense and respond to.
All this and so much more - what a miracle of God's creation and how God blesses all of us through his presence in our family..

Then last week we attended the funeral of our friends' dearly loved granddaughter.  
This little girl, only a few years old, was a beautiful child,
 so pretty with her dark hair and expressive eyes.  
She too breathed, ate, slept and cried. She felt pain, comfort and warmth. 
However right from birth, there were complications, many issues that restricted her ability to grow and develop, to speak, to walk, to learn.  
Despite these issues she too was God's perfect creation - 
designed with a purpose and given as a gift to her family.  
As her family shared her story, as we saw pictures of her daily activities, 
we could see that she brought joy and meaning to those around her. 
She was as precious to her family as our grandson is to us.

I don't know the answers to the "Why" questions. 
Why one child lives, and another doesn't, why one child can walk and talk and another can't. However I do know God, the One who created each life.
I choose to believe that He values each child and 
 that He does nothing without love and compassion. 
As the song says,
 "All are precious in His sight".
There is design and purpose to all He creates and
 I will praise Him for His marvelous workmanship.

Psalm 139:13-17 TLB 
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body, and 
knit them together in my mother's womb.  
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. 
Your workmanship is marvelous- and how well I know it.  
You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! 
You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life 
before I began to breathe.  
Every day was recorded in Your Book!  
How precious it is Lord to know you are  thinking about me constantly!

12 comments:

  1. Beautifully stated Bev. Thank you.

    - Linda

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  2. What a beautiful post. Congratulations on your new grandson. So sad about the little girl who did not survive. Your image is so very touching, too. Lovely.

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  3. Love this post.... I grew up singing your opening song in sunday school.... it was only recently when I met my Hispanic husband that I began surrounding myself with hispanic friends and family and have learned a new verse to the old popular song....." Jesus Loves the little children, all the children of the world, Red, BROWN, yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight, jesus love the little children of the world."

    blessings on your new grandbaby!!!

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  4. Beautiful!! Grandchildren are such a blessing.

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  5. Beautifully written! And congratulations!

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  6. Thank you again for a lovely message--grandchildren are definitely treasures!!!

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  7. I loved that song as a child! What a beautiful post reminding us all of God's love for each of us and what a unique creation we are! Congratulations on the birth of your Grandson, how wonderful to be blessed with another generation to bless your life!

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  8. Breathtaking post, Bev. Congratulations to you and yours, in welcoming this blessed child.

    Blessings to All,
    Anna (Toronto)

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  9. Beautiful post! And beautiful baby! He is precious. I believe that all are precious in God's sight as well. I'll be carrying those thoughts into the ballot room to vote for only pro-life candidates. I know we aren't going to have perfect men in office -because there are no perfect men. But, one who sees murdering an innocent child as a "choice" almost has to be the result of one turned over to a reprobate mind. That kind of thinking makes no sense to me.

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  10. Thank you for your beautiful post... I have just had twin girls after having two little boy and feel extremely blessed by God to now have four little ones to parent. Thanks for the sweet reminders of conception and birth... Glory to God!

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  11. This is such a beautiful story of God's grace and goodness, even in the child who didn't survive, but who is now in Jesus' arms. I'm sure she was loved and loved those around her as well.

    Congratulations on your new grandson.

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  12. You speak like a Muslim. Thats just the same as they praise the God

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