My second granddaughter was born on Thursday morning June 16. And she's a beautiful little girl.
Her birth was timed perfectly for her grandfather too. I was out of town for meetings from Sunday afternoon through Wednesday evening of that week, and my plane was leaving for Arizona at 10:30 on Thursday morning. Kori was born at 4:30 on Thursday morning, so I got to see her and her mother before leaving town.
My wife is a labor and delivery nurse at Harton Medical Center in Tullahoma, where the baby was born, so Lynn was able to assist with Kori's birth, and she was able to cut the cord. My daughter, Laura, was so glad to have her mother there in the room with her.
I could hardly wait to get back home to see my family and the new addition.
I got back to Shelbyville on Father's Day evening, and it was such a joy to hold my new granddaughter and feed her.
Oh, the joys of family!
And the joys of God's creation!
Psalm 139 is one of my favorite scriptures. It is loaded with all kinds of personal meaning for me.
This week as I gaze at my new granddaughter and think about her 2 year old cousin, Charli, I think about Psalm 139.
Verses 13- 16 say, "For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;* marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them."
I was able to be present for all 3 of my children's births, and each one was absolutely amazing. And I thought of Psalm 139:14 during every delivery: "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;* marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well."
I've enjoyed watching my daughter stare adoringly at her newborn, and I remember doing the same thing when she was a baby. I have been sitting and staring adoringly at Kori, and I did the same with Charli too. New life is so precious.
As the psalmist said, we are fearfully and wonderfully made.
I was given a T-shirt for Father's Day that says, "Grandpa is my name, spoiling is my game." I plan on living up to that.
Doug Dezotell is the pastor of Mt. Lebanon UMC and Cannon UMC. He is a former staff writer for the Times-Gazette. He can be contacted at email@example.com.