Monday, January 30, 2012

Welcome, Lucy Josephine!

Is that not one of the greatest pictures you've ever seen?

Welcome to Lucy Josephine! "Lucy" means "light," & "Josephine" means "Yahweh adds another." As her parents wrote in an e-mail to the church: "We are very blessed to have another light in our family."

This little light was born at 7:29 this morning, is 19 and a half inches long, and weighs in at 7 pounds & 11 ounces.

It was surely upon an occasion somewhat like this that the Psalmist was inspired to pen the words to Psalm 127 & Psalm 128...

Unless the LORD builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one's youth.
Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD,
who walks in his ways!
You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;
you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
around your table.
Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you from Zion!
May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life!
May you see your children's children!
Peace be upon Israel!

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