We are excited to announce the birth of our first child, Aletheia Grace! She was born on 6/15 (she was my day-early father's day present) and weighed 7 lbs. 6oz and was 22 inches long. It's been an amazing journey so far. It's astounding how the woman's body changes so much from conception to after the birth. The human body truly is created in such a wonderful way! Not only the fact that the woman's body changes but that another person is being formed inside. Then he/she comes out and yet there are still changes in the woman's body!
The story of how we decided on her name goes back several years, even before Karen and I had met. I was studying Greek several years ago and as I learned more vocabulary words I ran across the word: ἀλήθεια or transliterated into English aletheia. The word means truth. As I ran across that word for the first time, I thought that it would be a great name for a girl. And so here we are. And grace just seems so inseparable from the truth that the two just go together.
John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
As parents our prayer is that we lead her into the fullness of her name but more specifically where both grace and truth come from- Jesus Christ. Our prayer for her personally is that she lives a life of serving and pursuing the one that brought her name, Truth Grace, into the world.
"ἀλήθεια came through Jesus Christ." Wow, what a powerful reminder that every thing that has been given to us and especially our daughter, is from our Lord. Every good gift comes from above and we see Aletheia being a great gift that God has given us. We do desire your prayers as we endeavor to be godly parents. Before this moment there were certain parts of the Bible that didn't directly apply to us. We weren't parents and we could only theorize about how we might apply that verses to our lives when we had children. Now that time is here and theory will be put to the test. Please do pray for us as we are transitioning into this new stage of life.
We were blessed with a short labor and birth (only just over 3 hours!) and without any complications. We are now enjoying getting to know our little girl. Karen is doing well. She is recovering slowly and doing a great job at letting all those motherly instincts come out. We thank you all for your prayers and support.
May the Lord lead you into the fullness of His grace and truth.