Monday, September 24, 2012


Socrates once said, "Beware the barrenness of a busy life."  Amen.  But, regrettably, I found myself too "busy" (how I hate the word) the other day to blogebrate (just invented that word) this birthday.

Ten years ago last Friday this future man came into the world, and my joy and laughter have been deeper and richer ever since.  What a gift of God Jaden has been to this family of mine, in immeasurable ways.  I smile to recall the first thing I saw about him:  the doctor unwinding the umbilical cord from around his neck.  First one loop.  And then the other.  Labor had to be induced nearly a month early because he was monkeying around in there like it was a jungle gym.

Some of Jaden's great joys in life include playing anything with his friends, shooting his new bow & arrow, being around people -- any people, living life with his brother & roommate & best buddy Joseph, wrestling, & having a good book read to him.

Jaden, my prayer for you on this birthday is that you will be patient and kind, that you will never be a slave to envy or boasting or arrogance or rudeness or insisting on your own way or irritability or resentfulness or the temptation to rejoice in that which is wrong.  Rather, I pray that you will rejoice with the truth, that you will bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things.  In short, I pray for you to know and live the difficult but beautiful life of love.  (1 Corinthians 13)  That is the life of Christ.

"If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, 
the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons."  
~James Baldwin~

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