Yesterday, at 10:10am I became a Daddy (for the fourth time), as Gracie Belle Lehr was born at: 6 pounds and 12 ounces. It was an exciting and overwhelming day. It was exciting to think about all of the potential that is there on the first day of her life. Anything could happen. She could do and become anything at this point. That is scary and exciting for a father. It is scary to think of all of the danger, all of the pain, all of the decisions that are out there. At the same time, all of those decisions bring with them great opportunity for her to be used by God. My prayer for her like each of my other three girls will be that, God will use them beyond what I could ask or imagine (Eph 3:20-21). I would hate to limit them with my dreams of what could be.
The role of a father is overwhelming too. Yesterday when Gracie’s three older sisters came up to visit I had a moment of great joy. Amidst the high pitched voices, the twirling hair and dresses, I was overwhelmed with how gracious God has been to entrust me with these little gifts. I am overwhelmed that God in His divine wisdom thought I would be the best possible father for these girls. A father accountable to point her to her Heavenly Father. To show her unconditional love. To teach and train her (Deut 6:4-9). A father with the role of showing her what faith looks like through my own life. It is all overwhelming, but its part of the God given gift of having the only role that shares a name with our Heavenly Father.