Grace Mildred Walerczak less than 1 hour old
Grace...What a Miracle!
by Pastor Paul
As the doctors performed their precision work on the opposite side of the curtain there were two excited, nervous, and hopeful parents waiting to hear the familiar sound that they had already experienced five times over the past ten years. It is a sound that evokes joy, relief, tears, nervous expectation, and emotions that words cannot express. It is the simple sound of a baby's first breath and subsequent cry that these expecting parents were waiting to here.
At 9:32am on Feb. 23rd, 2011 Grace Mildred Walerczak entered the world taking her first breaths to the joy of her parents. Lisa and I have experienced this miracle a total of six times now and it is humbling to say the least. I simply stand amazed at the handy-work of Almighty God. Grace is truly a miracle!
When I look at each of my children I am continuously reminded of the fact that none of us spinning around on planet earth arrived here by random chances and processes. This is divine design at its best! It takes more faith to believe in the random events of evolution than it does to trust in the orderly creation by God as described in the Bible. God's word reveals so many truths about how God created us. Here are just a few examples of what scripture says about the creation of man:
Gen 1:27 "So God created man in His [own] image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them".
Psalms 139:13 "For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb".
Psalms 139:14 "I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made: marvelous [are] Thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well".
Isa 44:24 "Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and He that formed thee from the womb, I [am] the LORD that maketh all [things]; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by Myself;
During the first several months of this pregnancy Lisa and I contemplated what to name this precious gift that was forming in her womb. Once we found out it was a girl we desired to choose a name that would bring honor to God for this miracle He was creating. While setting over two large cokes and some chips and salsa at one of our favorite local Mexican restaurants the name Grace was brought up in our conversation. From that moment forward that was her name "Grace". I could not think of a better, more suitable name, to honor our heavenly Father than Grace.
Grace is the message of God's ultimate love letter the Bible. From the book of beginnings (Genesis) to book of Revelation the Bible is simply full of God's grace towards His prize creation, you and me. His demonstration of Grace culminates at the cross when He allowed His one and only begotten son Jesus Christ to die on a cruel Roman cross for my sin and yours.
I know that the central theme in my relationship with God is His grace towards me. Grace simply being unmerited favor when I did not even deserve it. Each time I look at my daughter Grace it will be a constant reminder of that unchangeable truth. I am thankful today that I am Christian and follower of Jesus. Not because of anything I have done, but because of everything He has done! So I am reminded once again that God's grace is truly a miracle!
Ephesians 2:8 "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God".
Today I saw a miracle happen and her name is Grace! As I watch her grow I pray my life be a reflection of Peter's words in 2 Peter 3:18 "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen".
In His Grace,
Since a young age Pastor Paul has had a love for the outdoors. After he became a Christian in October of 1994 God began to use the great outdoors to demonstrate to Pastor Paul the eternal truths of scripture. In this section he will share some of these thoughts via written or audio devotionals.