My newest soul friend is Delaney Marie Eldridge. She was born Friday, February 27, 2009, to our son Mark, and his wife, Leigha. Delaney weighed in at 7lbs 10 oz. and 19.5” long. We are excited to have this newest addition to our tribe. It takes your breath away to see this beautiful tabula rasa. She has so much to learn about life and her creator.
David, the song writer, penned these words:
You made my whole being; you formed me in my mother’s body. I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful. I know this very well. You saw my bones being formed as I took shape in my mother’s body. When I was put together there, you saw my body as it was formed. All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old. Psalm 139:13-16 (NCV)
There is no mention of birthday celebrations in the Bible. Celebrations of birth are a western tradition. The Jewish tradition holds that your birth alone is not as significant as the way you live your life. The following is attributed to King Solomon: “The day of death is better than the day of one’s birth (Ecclesiastes 7:1). As a midrash explains, ‘When a person is born, it is not known what he will be like when grown and what his deeds will be – whether righteous or wicked, good, or evil. When she dies, however, if she departs with a good name and leaves the world in peace, people should rejoice.”
Even before Delaney arrived, her days were already planned by our creator. God has a plan for her life and I get to see the beginning of the journey. My prayer today for Delaney is,
God of days and years, author of life, our times are in your hand. We thank You for the blessings of life and for all that enriches our lives. We thank you for Delaney. May she be blessed with health and happiness. May You give her the strength to overcome adversity. May she discover your loving kindness and grace. We thank your this blessing and ask that you would use her to be a blessing to others. Amen.