I saw the first photos of our first grandchild the other day, and it was a profoundly spiritual experience.
Frankly, the images themselves aren’t much: Grainy, ill-defined printouts from a sonogram machine. You certainly can tell that Baby Schroeder is there, growing and kicking; but not a whole lot more. We don’t know yet, for example, whether Baby is a girl or a boy.
We do know, though, that Baby is loved. Baby is already a source of joy for our son Brian and his wife Sarah—and for the proud grandparents, too!
And the more I look at that sonogram image, the more I am drawn into the mystery of it all. Like the villagers gathered ‘round Zechariah and Elizabeth when their son John was born, I am moved to wonder, ‘What, then, will this child be?’ (Luke 1: 66)
We have the answer, of course—even though it’s probably not the one we may think we’re looking for at first.
When we wonder out loud, ‘What will this child be?’, we really tend to be asking, ‘What will this child do? How beautiful will s/he be? Whose eyes and nose will s/he have? Whose hair? And what remarkable things will s/he accomplish?’
But here’s the thing: We can be amazed about Baby Schroeder (and about every baby, for that matter), long before we know the answers to any of those questions. The fundamental truth is already clear, even in a grainy sonogram photo. As the Psalmist sings,
‘You formed my inmost being; You knit me in my mother’s womb…my very self you knew; my bones were not hidden from you.’ (Psalm 139)
Sure, God takes delight in what we become, as we grow and become strong in spirit. But the life-giving love is there, right from the start. It’s not a conditional gift. Nor does it fade over time.
So bless you, Baby Schroeder, for reminding us of the spark and the spirit that is breathed into each one us from the beginning. Bless you, for bringing us that much closer to our Creator this day. And please know that our hearts are filled with joy and anticipation of the day when we will be able to thank you face-to-face!
Beautifully stated. I have only grown more and more to appreciate this source of Life and a true miracle.
As a grandfather to 7 now, I reflected on all of your comments on what this child will become in our lives,
both great and sometimes not so great, but our duty to love them, guide them, nurture them along the way.
Keep the Little Flower guys posted Grandpa!
Congratulations Grandma and Grandpa Schroeder!!! I could not be more JOYFUL for you both!! Welcome to the “club”!!! No club is as great…except maybe the BAPTIZED Club!!! 🙂
Awesome, John, congratulations!
With our third grandchild in the womb, Linda and I share the awe and wonder of God’s creation and his infinite love and will for each of us.
I pray that we are able to share this awe and wonder of the infinite value of life, marriage and family with a hurting culture.
Wow, guys…had I known that.being a grandparent was so much fun…and would attract this much attention … I would have started MUCH sooner! 😉
Very cool Grandpa Schroeder! I can’t wait to meet my new grand niece/nephew in person.
Oh my gosh Congratulations!!!!
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