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Jul 2009

Good News Babies

Today I saw a new baby.  It’s not my first time–I’ve given birth to five and have seen six others born–but every time seems like the first…the miracle of life makes me feel like I’ve never seen a new baby before.

We have a lot of new babies at Redemption Hill.  These are Good News babies.  Whether their mother’s labor was long or short; whether the delivery was medicated or unmedicated; whether the baby’s arrival was timely or exasperatingly lengthened–these babies are welcomed as those who bring good news from God.

Certainly our brand-new babies remind us of the Gospel in many ways, but two strike me immediately: babies come as image-bearers of God and babies remind us that He will make all things new.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us that God has made everything beautiful in its time, and that He has also set eternity in the hearts of men.  Babies are precious.  Their value is not based on their looks and abilities, but instead on their being image-bearers of God.  These beautiful babies, so new, cause our hearts to resonate again with eternity.

These new babies will grow old.  This beautiful world bears the strain of sin.  Our plans, hopes, and dreams may or may not be fleshed out as we wished, but will fade with the passing of time.  So in Revelation 21:5 we hear hopeful words from Jesus, “Behold, I am making all things new.”  One day the eternity that God has set in our hearts will be seen with our eyes; all things will be made new.

When we hear the Gospel that God is preaching to us through the newest members of our family, our hearts can sing with saints of many generations:

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love

Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness- drive the dark of doubt away.

Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day.

Rebekah Deroco


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