Along the Journey – Birthin’ Babies

You may have heard by now. Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge are parents now … finally. The whole world has been holding its breath waiting for the news. We are now being told that William and Kate want normalcy for their new son. Good luck with that.

The birth of a child should be a celebration. Perhaps not on the scale of a royal birth, but we should take notice and give thanks when a new life enters the world. Any new life.

What seems so tragic is how many little ones go unnoticed. The now out-of-favor song we used to sing still has the ring of truth to it: “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight.” God loves each of us like He loves all of us.

Recently we have rejoiced with the Matthews and the Lucases as they welcomed Davis and Madeline into their families. This Sunday, Amanda and Dean will be surrounded by their family as we dedicate their son and their parenthood to the Lord. We take seriously their commitment, and ours.

It isn’t the church’s responsibility to raise children for their parents. It is our responsibility to partner with families and do all we can do to support and encourage the single most challenging and rewarding task there is – to raise a child in the reverence and knowledge of the Lord.

They don’t stay babies very long. We want to protect them from all the bad stuff out there. We want to model the right things. We want to equip them to live productive and meaningful lives. We know we won’t do it perfectly. We know we can use all the help we can find.

They grow up fast. They learn at incredible rates. They know when we’re genuine and when we’re not. They begin to get it, faster than we did when we were coming along. They have lots of questions. Sometimes we have answers and sometimes we just say, “Go ask your mother.”

Their innocence and imagination are so precious but the real world can become too real too soon. Harriet Ann was only 7 when she wrote this letter to God: “Dear God, Are you real? Some people don’t believe it. If you are, you better do something quick!”

Pray for our children. Pray for our families. We’re in this together.

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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