“This Father’s Prayer for Grace”

IMy first pic with Graysonn the amazing kindness of the Lord, today my wife Stacie and I rejoiced at the birth of
our fourth son, Grayson Mitchell Chase. He was 7 pounds 15 ounces, 20 inches long, and arrived at 5:44 pm in Louisville, Kentucky, at Norton Suburban Hospital.

Here is a poetic reflection and prayer on the day of Grayson’s birth.

“This Father’s Prayer for Grace”
May 2, 2017

Praise and honor be to God
who rules the depths and heights,
and knits inside a mother’s womb
an image-bearer’s life.

What joy to declare the birth
of Grayson Mitchell Chase!—
this one whom we have longed to see
and now hold face to face.

We pray his future steps you will
direct to this chief end:
to glorify and to enjoy
Your Son who saves from sin.

Our fourth son needs a heart to love
and eyes of faith to see
the Risen, Reigning Lord above
who sets the captive free.

Father, you alone can grant
this father’s prayer for grace:
that gospel light will dawn upon
my Grayson Mitchell Chase.

A Snapshot of June 16, 2011

Stacie and I arrived at Louisville’s Norton Suburban hospital for the delivery of our second son, Logan Samuel Chase, on June 16, 2011.

My parents had flown in from Texas to care for 2-year-old Jensen, so we were able to devote full concentration to the exciting task at hand.

Our day started off with a small Starbucks breakfast, thus getting off on the right foot.

We pulled into the hospital’s east parking lot at 7 am and went to the Labor and Delivery wing of the campus.  Room #13 awaited us.  It’s a good thing we’re not superstitious…

Throughout the day we had a string of helpful and encouraging nurses.  They answered our questions, alleviated any concerns, and–most importantly–provided Stacie with pain medicine when deemed necessary.

My parents brought Jensen to see us before lunch.  He seemed concerned that his momma was hooked up to machines and lying in a hospital bed, but his concern was quickly replaced by the excitement of raising and lowering her bed with a remote control.

Stacie read Jensen a special “big brother” book, and we assured him his big brother would be here soon.

In the afternoon, her contractions were only a few minutes apart, and she found it almost impossible to get any decent sleep.

That evening, around 8:25 pm, it was time to push.  Less than 10 minutes later, Logan was here.  He weighed 7 pounds and measured 19 1/2 inches tall.

Thank you, Lord, for the safe delivery of a healthy baby boy.

A Prayer Poem of Praise for the Birth of Logan Samuel Chase

O God of heaven, Lord of earth,
You have heard our prayer
To bring our second son to birth
In watchful, loving care.

Though he lives by Your good hand,
His heart is born in sin.
He needs the light of gospel truth
To make him born again.

You ordained all his steps and days,
In wisdom wrote them down.
Draw from him love and trust and praise,
All for Your Son’s renown.

O God of life, Giver of breath,
Sustain him by Your grace,
And lead his life in righteousness,
Save Logan Samuel Chase.

Kevin DeYoung on Parenting

I love what Kevin DeYoung writes.  He’s always insightful and thought-provoking–and sometimes quite hilarious.  This post on parenting captures what I appreciate about his writing.  It’s cleverly titled “Parenting 001.”

Kevin will make you laugh, and he will make you think.  Give it a read, and share it with other parents you know.

God is Knitting My Baby

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb” (Ps 139:13).

God has not entrusted the formation of life into anyone else’s hands.  His mighty hands are tender, knitting with care the baby in a mother’s womb.

My wife Stacie and I prayed tonight for our baby, due this June.  I was reminded of Psalm 139 and how God exercises intricate care and precision when he designs a person.

Our baby is in God’s hands, and it is a helpless feeling.  We need to feel helpless, though, so that we remember to trust God.  He is good, capable, loving, and faithful.

Wonder of wonders, there is a baby in Stacie’s womb who is being fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps 139:14).