Archive for September 3rd, 2012

Ezerwoman has been quiet.  There is so much “life” happening and a great many opportunities to do what an ezer does: help.  That means so little time to blog.

Today, however, there is new life to welcome.  Will you rejoice with me?  God has blessed our family with Leah Elizabeth, the first daughter born to our son, Jon, and daughter-in-law, Angie.  Leah is greeted by three brothers: Jaden, Ethan and Andrew.

This girl child will bring a new dynamic to her family.  I see the tears of gratitude from her mother: How she’s longed to mentor grace and femininity.  I sense her father’s awareness of his new responsibility as the guardian of his daughter’s virtue.  I hear the triple sigh of her brothers: Will there be dolls in our trucks, tractors, and go-carts?  Most certainly, this child’s identity as a girl will be both celebrated and tolerated.  But, she is more than a girl.

Leah is a precious soul.  She is known by God before the beginning and woven together by His very hand (Psalm 139:13-16).  God calls her by name (Isaiah 43:1).  She is His own.   She is “set apart as holy” (2 Timothy 2:21) even as her Heavenly Father is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16).  How can this be?  Because of God’s “own purpose and grace, which He gave [her] in Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 1:9).

With her baptism, Leah will be a daughter of God because of what Jesus Christ has done for her.  That washing with water will be “an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 3:21).

What is my role?  To pray for my granddaughter’s good conscience.   To help her remember Whose she is.  She is God’s creation.  A treasure in Christ.  Her purpose far exceeds what the world expects.  She is called to proclaim the excellencies of Him who brought her out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).  This identity will never change, no matter the circumstances in her life.

This identity – none other – will make a difference for Leah.

And for every life that touches hers.

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