Love’s Pure Joy!

Yesterday I got to meet my friend Sherry’s baby daughter. Just one day old. She is beautiful and Mama Sherry is awash in joy and happiness.

Roddia Sherie

Most babies are wanted. Most babies’ arrivals are highly anticipated. Most babies are excitedly welcomed into their families. But this little girl may be the most wanted, anticipated and welcomed baby I have ever known! She is a certainly a blessing to her parents and her family. And she will be celebrated as the miracle that she is. Praise God!

I was able to hold her yesterday at the hospital and like all newborns she is so precious and so beautiful. But it struck me while I was holding her that she is destined for greatness. I just had this overwhelming feeling that this little girl will change our world (not just Sherry’s and Rodney’s) and that her arrival is a sign of many more good things to come. What a welcome respite from the doom and gloom of the morning news. What a relief to know that good has once again triumphed over evil. Roddia is a hopeful and peaceful messenger of God’s love for us.  

Of course, Baby Roddia may not single-handedly bring about world peace or prevent hunger or cure cancer or stop global warming – but she might! She could be president someday. She most certainly will be grace-filled and beautiful. And her heart will overflow with love and kindness. That’s guaranteed – it’s in her DNA. Her “greatness” may be meaured in the small things that she does for others but her influence will reach beyond borders. Remember the words of Mother Theresa of Calcutta “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” 

Sherry, thank you for letting me share your special joy. During those “hopeless times” I will remember holding Roddia and realize again that with God’s love all things are possible!



One thought on “Love’s Pure Joy!

  1. A quick note of thanks … to you Denis, Deb, Bess (and a countless number of others) for standing with me in firm faith, as He Who began His good work in me faithfully broght it to completion on January 10, 2011 at 10:29 am.
    Rodney and I are forever grateful to God for Roddia Sherie who weighed in at 6lbs 11oz and 20 1/4 inches long.

    Your’s and Deb’s prayers , your intervention when people would attempt to (voluntarily) share their bad experiences, and horror stories about pregnancy, as well as all the (top quality :+) ) fresh fruit, the first journal you posted about “Petite Cherie”, the “in this home” sayings (Deb), the gift certificate for “dinner out”, the free one night (or more) baby sitting certificate that doesnt expire until January 10 2029, and all the other gifts you and your family have given us mean more to us than words can ever express.
    We dont take any of this for granted and we want you to know we love and appreciate you. You and your familiy will always be in our prayer too.
    May God bless your home in an extra special way, for you have certainly been a blessing to us!

    Rodney, Sherry and Roddia Sherie : )

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