Waiting with Great Thanksgiving

photo by BB Rogers Photography

My wife and I are expecting our first child on June 13 (give or take two weeks). As the day draws nearer, it seems like there is an increasing amount of opportunities for thanksgiving to our great God in this precious gift of life. This, of course, only testifies to my former blindness. Opportunities for thanksgiving are increasing only because I did not see them before and the Lord has graciously been opening my eyes to behold his abundant kindness in the conception of and anticipation for this child. Not only has he done so through the reading of his word, but also and more recently through the love expressed from the body of Christ. They have lavished us with prayer, clothing, time, money, and other gifts that will aid in the rearing of our baby. Furthermore, I have had the opportunity to watch a network of love amongst the women in our local church body (Redeemer), who often go to great lengths to supply clothes, equip with wisdom, and encourage in the word my wife and each other during pregancy and after they have given birth. What a joy to be a part of this time, and even more, to have my eyes opened.

“So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son” (Ruth 4:13).

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward” (Psalm 127:3).

“…giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…” (Ephesians 5:20).

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2 Responses to “Waiting with Great Thanksgiving”

  1. Billy Marsh Says:

    Very good thoughts. It has been a blessing to see the Lord grow both of you during this time. I can’t wait to see how he draws you nearer to himself as you begin parenting. I’m sure you both will leave wonderful examples for Kim and I when we follow in those footsteps one day.

  2. Celucien Joseph Says:

    Congratulations Bret and Rachel. I’ll be praying for a safe labor.

    Blessings
    Lou

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