Malachi Harrison Smith will have quite a story to hear about his 1st Christmas. Tales of blizzards and phone calls, ER visits and sleeplessness (by his parents, that is). This story will have moments of questioning, suspense, hurry, physical toil, and finally — peace, relief and through it all, love. Christmas Eve was supposed to be a time of sugar-plum slumber and wintery wonderlands, but God has His hands over all, through all, and best of all – guiding all. He is never unaware of our present circumstances or sudden worries. He provides the adrenaline and the strength (both physical to push a car out of numerous stalls in the snow, and emotional to stay alert to all the information at hand). He gives the tranquility and awareness of others, to pray and be diligent to serve however needed (because the stamina and ability to do such is not a self-providing quality…but that which can only be from the Almighty Himself). He is the Jehovah-Jireh, the ultimate Provider, the One who gives every ounce of what we need to navigate the twists and toils of life. Name above all names, blessed Redeemer, Emmanuel. The poignancy of timing is not lost on us. Tomorrow (rather, today, for at least 4 hours already) we revere the birth of the Hosanna Himself.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14 KJV)
So our new littlest man is healthy and well after all. His parents are champions, as well as he (angel slept through most all of it). May abundant rest be possible for Phillip and Kristi and may we, as their family, continue to be solely a help for them.