Another day is here and still my beautiful baby girls sits warmly snuggled in her mother’s belly, which I guess means I have one more night to write a blog post before life gets super crazy. I wanted to take a few moments and share some of the thoughts that have been rattling around in my brain the past couple of weeks giving me peace.
Public confession, I have no idea what raising a daughter is going to be like. In the past this sort of great unknown would have probably triggered fear and anxiety, but God has provided me with the most unexpected balm for my concerns; Community. I have experienced the calming presence of God though the incredible community of women who have surrounded my beautiful pregnant wife and cared for her. It has been a joy to watch women of all ages and walks of life to encourage her and pray for her. My heart overflowed with joy as some of the high school girls who Ali has taken under her wing prepared the most amazing surprise baby shower I have ever seen. On Sunday mornings I have barely been able to walk 10 feet without someone stopping me to ask about Ali and let me know they are praying for me.
This barrage of love has left me with a profound sense that our unborn daughter is already wrapped in the deep and loving embrace of community. She doesn’t know it yet, but she is the newest and youngest member of an astounding community of women. Already their prayers are blessings and prophecies pouring over her head like oil. I celebrate that she will be surrounded by spunky, intelligent and passionate women who will provide her with wise council, make her laugh and speak words of life over.
I cannot help but step back and admire God’s incredible plan for community. The church at it’s best, which I believe is what we have experienced, creates a community of safety where both parents and children are nurtured and loved. I do not feel anxiety in the task of parenting that lies ahead because I know and trust the village that God has provided for us. Already our village has been a blessing beyond words
I believe that God’s design is especially beautiful because it involves a double blessing. Our daughter is the recipient of blessing but she will also a blessing to the community. What a gift she will be to arms that have gone years without holding a baby when they scoop her up and hold her. What joy she will bring to young arms that have never held a child. I look into the face of all that is yet to come and I cannot help but smile. It is going to be quite an adventure.