Words from my heart
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 (NIV)
On June 29, 2011, Jaime and I were thrilled when our first grandchild was born. And now Jude Gabriel has a brother! Owen James arrived in lickety-split fashion on 11/12/13, an iconic date because of its sequential pattern. This “calendrical coincidence” means the date is lucky. Or so they say. But luck has nothing to do with Owen . . . Owen is pure miracle.
Thanks to fetal development experts and greengrocers, we know that babies start out small as poppy seeds, and then grow big as pumpkins. Apparently, comparing fetal growth to fruits and vegetables can help expectant mothers identify how far along they are:
Having a seed-sized embryo grow into a pumpkin-sized baby is an astonishing miracle! And I just love that our second grandchild arrived during fall harvest—perfect timing to celebrate gifts from above. Papá Jaime announced Owen’s birth in a Facebook post, and expressed his gratitude well by borrowing words from a Protestant doxology: thank God, from whom all blessings flow.
Yes. Thank you, God, for your many blessings—especially friends and family—which now includes Owen, our precious 7 lb. 12 oz. pumpkin, a good and perfect gift.
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
Doxology text: Thomas Ken, 1637-1711 (Public Domain), based on James 1:17 (KJV)
Photo courtesy of a Ramirez family member.