As I begin, I want to concede that newsletter articles can sometimes seem stale and impersonal. Information is presented, but unfortunately readers do not get a glimpse into the heart of the writer. I want to do just that in this edition. I want to open up my heart and give you, the reader, a glimpse.
The past several weeks have been a true blessing for our family. In particular, we welcomed Jolene Ripley Baer into the world. For nine months, I prayed and prayed for this little bundle of joy. I prayed for God to care for her as she grew. I prayed that the entire pregnancy process would be smooth and uneventful. For the most part, the process was smooth and uneventful. And the results? The results were even more wonderful and precious than I could ever have imagined.
As I held Jolene in my arms, I was praising God. Inside, my heart leaped with joy! I began to reflect on words of the psalmist, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13). It occurred to me at the moment, this precious and wonderful little girl had been formed and knitted together in her mother’s womb by God himself. She was “fearfully and wonderfully made” by God himself (Psalm 139:14a). The handiwork of the Creator was laying cuddled up and fast asleep in grandpa’s arms. It was a moment I will cherish forever and one that I give God all the praise, honor, and glory due his wonderful name.
This grandpa’s heart is full! Dana and I want to thank each of you for your continued prayers and support.