By Debra Whittington: QCS columnist
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalm 100: 3-4.
RyLee made his appearance in this world on the morning of November 11 with much of his family on hand to greet him.
Included in this group were his Great Aunt Debbie and Great Uncle Mark who drove to Carlsbad to be there when he was born. It was like a scene out of a Marx Brothers movie as the entire family gathered around the mother, our niece, before she went into the operating room.
Less than a half hour later, a nurse wheeled RyLee upstairs to the nursery and the family followed quickly behind, eager to get a glimpse of him. We watched through a window as the nurses cleaned him up, measured and weighed him, and examined him to make sure everything was all right. I stood in amazement watching this new addition to our family. I prayed a prayer of thanksgiving that he arrived safe and sound after the difficult time his mother had carrying him.
I am still in awe of the miracle of birth and thank the Lord for this bundle of joy.
RyLee’s big sister was on hand and got a look at her new baby brother when we did. She informed everyone that was “my baby” and wanted to hold him right away. In the last week she has taken on the role of a helpful big sister and loves being with her new baby
The experience was bittersweet as we all felt the absence of my brother who passed away in January. When his first grandchild was born almost two years ago, he was there for the birth as proud as a peacock. He took great joy in his granddaughter and from the first moment he saw her, he was an active part of her life right up to his death. Even though RyLee will never know his grandpa, the rest of us will make sure he knows all about him.
Our family wasn’t the only ones who had a new addition to their families. Two of my friends’ daughters had babies last week. One of the babies was the second child for the couple while for the other it was their first grandchild. I am so thankful for the Internet because I received an e-mail with pictures of the babies on the very day they were born. Each baby is absolutely beautiful and all of the mothers are doing well.
All of these families have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving with their new bundles of joy to share the holiday. For the rest of us who don’t have a new baby in our homes, we still have the same thing to be thankful for and that is the gift of life.
Numerous times I have heard a friend of mine pray thanking the Lord for the gift of life. I think it is wonderful how they offer this prayer of thanksgiving for something most of us take for granted. I stopped to think how often I pray that prayer as well. Sadly, I had to admit that it isn’t very often.
Life is a gift from the Lord that shouldn’t be taken lightly or for granted. Each and every day we are blessed with yet another day without knowing how many more days are left.
James 4:14 reminds us, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
No matter if you have a lot or a little, you are still blessed with more than you realize because you have the gift of life.
As you sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner, I challenge you to take a moment to give thanks for the gift of life.
I pray that each and every one of you have a very blessed Thanksgiving.