Many people know September the 11th as a day of sadness and sorrow for what happened in New York City in 2001. However, I will forever remember September 11th for what happened to me this September 2013. This is not to take away from the sadness of events from the past, but merely to express my deep joy.
My day began as each had for recent months with work at the hotel that I worked at. I got home around the same time and was greeted by my beautiful wife. After I got changed and more comfortable, she told me that she had a gift for me. I smiled, wondering what it could possibly be since it wasn't near my birthday or a holiday. As I began to open the package, I began to wonder if it could possibly be what we had just so recently began praying about. To my wonder and amazement there were some little outfits and some pregnancy tests inside. I looked up at my wife, wondering with my expression if it were truly true. To my great joy, she said with a deep expression of joy, "we are gonna have a baby!".
I was so excited and so filled with amazement at God's goodness and grace. Who was I to be given such a gift of love and mercy? I could not wait to tell the whole world of the goodness of my Lord. I know that with Fatherhood comes great responsibility and yet I welcome it with open arms, knowing that if God has given me such a gift as a little child growing in my wife's womb, then He will give me all of the strength and abilities that are needed in order to take care of and provide for my family.
"Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one's youth.
Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate."
(Psalm 127 ESV Bible)