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Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. "For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:" (1 Samuel 1:27). For this child I have prayed (we have prayed). In 2010, our oldest son and daughter (I do not call her daughter-in-law) had their first child. For this child we have prayed.
Grace to you.
Ekklesia,
Our whole family from all sides was gathered at the hospital for this auspicious day. My wife's father and mother were there and were able to see and hold the fourth generation as ". . . Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third
generation
. . ." (Genesis 50:23).
Speaking of blessings that come to the man that feareth the LORD, "Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children,
peace upon Isreal" (Psalm 128:6).
and
A day later was my father-in-law's birthday, his eightieth. He has seen and held the fourth generation. We praise God for allowing this blessing to our family.
For this child I have prayed. My grandchild is ". . . fearfully
and
wonderfully made:
marvelous
are
thy works; and
that
my soul knoweth right well" (Psalm 139:14). That
child can say one day, "[T]hou has covered me in my mother's womb" (Psalm 139:13b).
The attending nurse told us that the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck and around one leg, and there was a true knot in the umbilical cord. She said he is a miracle baby. Many children die in the womb when there is a true knot in the umbilical cord. Now we have two whom God has covered (protected) in the womb because my daughter had a true knot in the umbilical cord as well.
"Lo, children
are
a heritage of the LORD:
and
the fruit of the womb is his reward. As
arrows
are
in the hand of a mighty man; so
are
children of the youth. Happy
is
man that hath his quiver full of them . . ." (Psalms 127:3-5).
For this child I have prayed (we have prayed). When I first held him, I planned to bless him, but all I could do was say, "Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!"
God has done marvelous works and that my soul knoweth right well. For this child I have prayed . . .
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