The Night You Were Born
Thursday, December 21
Dr. Peter Scott, RPC member since October 1990
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)
Waiting is a part of life. It seems that almost everything we do has some waiting involved - whether it's waiting in line at the grocery store, waiting in traffic, waiting on a phone call, or simply waiting for a special vacation.
Our first grandchild was about to be born. My wife was in Chicago joining in the Grandchild Watch with the baby's father and his parents.
I remained behind in Roswell, feeling sorry for myself. Work beckoned, and I couldn't say, "No," to it, even for what I thought was a pretty important reason.
After hours of waiting, at 7:26 on the evening of February 28, 2008, Lauren Elizabeth McClamroch was born. Early photos confirmed that she was as perfect as we had hoped; perfect and unique and, as Psalm 139 has it, "fearfully and wonderfully made."
A year later we chose for Lauren's first birthday present Nancy Tillman's The Night You Were Born. The book was new to me, but as so many new parents and grandparents have done before me, I connected with it right away. I reread it more than once in the days before our first birthday trip to Chicago. I remembered my long wait for Lauren a year earlier. With all my remembering, the rhyme and cadence of Nancy Tillman's book played in my head. How to tell Lauren about what I experienced the night of her birth? I began to write her a message, and it took the form of a poem. When I was satisfied with it, I transcribed it onto a blank page in the front of the book. She couldn't understand it now, but maybe the words will mean something to her in the fullness of time.
On another winter's day more than 2,000 years earlier, the entire world may not have known it, but they, too, were waiting for a birth - the most important birth in all of history.
God, thank you for the children you bring into our lives and for bringing the Christ Child to us so many years ago. Amen.
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