Emma’s Sanctifying Effect

I have to confess to you that my life was simpler before my daughter Emma arrived. Holding to a schedule was easier.  It was easier to get work done around the house or to go somewhere at the drop of a hat and evenings at home were a lot more relaxing.  I could leave work and plan on reading or watching TV for the rest of the evening without any interruptions.  Not so much anymore.  The cry comes, the fussiness comes, the “if I don’t watch you as you crawl around the house you’ll get hurt” interrupts my time of relaxing and my time at home.  Being a new parent can be frustrating at times especially when sleep is lacking.

I’ve often heard it said and I’ve found myself saying that if there was ever proof that we are born sinful all one has to do is look at a newborn baby. They cry and cry until they finally get what they want.  That’s clear selfishness.  But what if it’s not as simple as that?  What if a newborn cries out of faith?  They cry because they need help, they cry with the hope that Mommy or Daddy will come to help them, to save them from whatever it is that is ailing them from hunger to a wet diaper.

Not surprisingly these last 7 months of being a brand new father have caused me to ponder the character of our Father in heaven. We call our God “Father” because we have become His children through baptism. And Jesus, His Son and God in the flesh, reminds us of the character of this God, of our Father in heaven.  Jesus reminds us to be persistent in our prayer.  He even reminds us that if we, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to our children how much more will our Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to us who ask Him.  And that’s what really touches me.  The deep love that I have for Emma is sometimes waning when she inconveniences me but not so with our Father in Heaven.  He is always ready to listen and to hear my cries, to hear your cries.  We cry out to our Father in Heaven in faith because he has told us to, because He is our God, He is our Creator and it doesn’t inconvenience Him.  It’s a wonderful and beautiful reminder to us his children who through the Holy Spirit may cry out to him as any child would to their father or mother at any time.  Having given us His Son, what won’t He give us?  I’d like to end with the Parable of the Persistent Widow,

“Then Jesus[a] told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’”[b] And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them.’” – Luke 18:1-8a

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Geminn+


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