I’d like to introduce you to…
Jude Harris Brick, born Wednesday, October 22, 2014, to Andy and Megan Brick, our son and daughter-in-love.
That makes me happy, joyful, contemplative and, most of all, it makes me Grandma… or Grandmother, or Mamaw, or Neena, or… whatever Jude would like to call me. I can pick the name I want him to call me, but he may very well come up with one I didn’t think of.
That’s the thing about babies. We can make plans for them. But sometimes, most times, our plans don’t work out. Praise God!
“For I know the plans I have for Jude,” declares The Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give Jude a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
O Father God,
Thank you so much for the gift you’ve given us in Jude. Beginnings and new beginnings are so comforting. Thank you for the loving home you’ve placed him in.
As he grows, keep his heart soft toward you. When he looks for you, show yourself to him in evident ways. Help those of us around him to help him see you fully.
Fill Jude with laughter, curiosity and boldness.
Give Andy and Megan rest. Give them wisdom in the years to come. And give them courage to help Jude seek you. Above all, continue to keep them fascinated and captivated with one another so they don’t forget their roles as husband and wife now that they’re daddy and mommy.
We don’t want anything negative to happen in Jude’s life. And we want him to be resilient and strong. And we know we can’t have both of these.
When he struggles, remind him, and all of us that somehow, you love him even more than we do — enough to give your son for him.
This is my prayer.
Hey, Jude — Did you know Jesus had an earthly brother named Jude? It seems his brother Jude couldn’t quite identify Jesus as the Son of God when He walked on earth. But something happened. I’m not sure what. But something happened, and Jude could finally see Jesus in his true identity.
In fact, the Holy Spirit inspired his brother Jude to write a letter to “all who have been called by God the Father.” We still have it today in our Bibles.
At the end of his letter, Jude wrote a doxology, a song praising God. Here’s what he wrote, and I pray that throughout your life your heart sings this:
“To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence, without fault and with great joy — to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forever more! Amen!”
Welcome to our family, Jude. I love you.
Grandma, Grandmother, Mamaw, Neena…