Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Future Thoughts / Son Sounds

On Halloween (of all days!), Melissa and I welcomed Greyson Alan into the world.

He was nine days overdue. An induction was scheduled, and we deliberately scheduled the induction for a day that was NOT Halloween because we thought that was just too creepy.

Wouldn't you know it, the little twirp decided to come that day anyway. Sigh - kids are rebelling younger and younger these days.

Or, maybe he just really wanted to see his big sister's costume. Here is a pic of her at the day care Halloween party. She's a hula girl. We really wanted her to be a princess, but she wouldn't wear the costume. I guess something about an orange cellophane skirt appeals to her Halloween fashion sense. I just get a kick out of the way she's wearing it like a middle-aged man wears his trousers. (BTW, you can click on any of these pictures to make them bigger.)

In any case, Mom and baby are doing just fine. Madelyn has adjusted to the new addition very well so far. We, of course, have taken way too many pictures to post. Below is one of my favorites. Everytime I see it, I put a different caption on it - like, "I swear, that fish was this big." -or- "Next time, let's make the canal a little bigger." I'm thinking of putting this picture in my cube at work, but I need a better caption than my tired mind can come up with. Any ideas?

On another note, I'm consistently surprised how loud newborns are. Sure, there's the crying, but that's to be expected. But the grunting, the groaning, the smacking, the constanst rustle of limbs flailing is totally out of control. In my experience, parents exhaustion isn't so much from the baby crying as it is from the parents waking up every 15 mins when the baby makes a giant, house-shaking lip-smack.

But the other day as I looked at him sleeping, I got to thinking about the future. What will my children look like when they're adults? What will they look like when they're old? What will their children or grandchildren look like? In the future, what will they know that we don't know now? What will a Christian worldview look like in three generations?

It is with that last question that I camped out for a while. Ultimately, as evangelicals, we believe in a cataclysmic end things as we know them, followed by consumation with Christ. But it seems to me that the Biblical authors thought it would come in their lifetime. It didn't. Neither did it happen in their children's life time, nor their grandchildren's lifetime. It hasn't happened for 2000 years.

Nevertheless, all my life I've heard people say, "I just hope Jesus come back before that happens." or "I hope Jesus comes back soon." People have been saying that for 2000 years. What if it is another 2000 years before his return? What if it is 10,000, or a million, or a billion years? What if our sun is burned out and our solar system destroyed by the ravages of time before Christ returns? What then?

Does such a thought change the way that we, as Christians, live our life and approach the world? Should it?


stephanie said...

Hey Ben,

Enjoyed reading your blog. You have quite a handsome son. Can't wait to see him in person. I can't believe you have two kids! That's just weird. But cool.
My thought when I look at that pictures of Greyson is "Dude, that is whack!". My two cents
Love you!

lorri said...

i was thinking the caption should be something like "being born is like, far out dude!"

i have such a little mind that i can't even contemplate jesus waiting that long to come back. i can fathom not in my lifetime, but not that long after...

Jessica said...

congratulations on now having both a son and a daughter! i love the name greyson!

hey, i'm going to be in the monroe area over thanksgiving as well. can i come, too? can i? please? we can have late night at the good doctor's house instead of the holiday inn. well, maybe not. she's not a fan of our talks.

Michelle said...

i'm a little late checking on your blog, but CONGRATS!

knelson said...

Ben! Congratulations!! What precious pictures. And I think the hula skirt positioning makes perfect sense...it's the way I wear all of my skirts now, as well! :) What beautiful children you have been blessed with!

b-nut said...

Wow! I have been looking at those pictures thinking that in a few days I may join you. I am not sure what to think. Hope you are sleeping as well as can be expected.

Amy said...

wow, I can't believe I'm late checking this! You have a son!!! Congrats to you and Melissa. So, how is it? Are you getting any sleep at all? Is it strange not being about to devote all attention to Madelyn? I will be there shortly and I am full of questions, but I guess even your answers might not be the same for me! Atleast he will always have an interesting birthday. I'm sure there will be many times where our little one's b-day falls on Thanksgiving, but I guess that's a bit less creepy!

And to answer the other question, maybe that sort of thinking would encourage Christians to be better about taking care of the environment instead of thinking "well, Jesus is coming back anyway" Although, if I think too much about that question I might start feeling guilty about my disposable diapers.......

lorri said...

enough already. it has been well over a month. are you still alive?