Okay, okay… more like he’s been here for 7 weeks. 😉 It seems that God has us in a season of a lot of changes and transitions (More details coming soon!), but the cuddliest and cutest of all the new things right now is this little guy….
Josiah Benjamin was born on February 4 at 3:33 am. (Whew! And I thought childbirth in general was tough. Childbirth in the middle of the night takes on a whole new dimension! We were really blessed, though, in that labor, from start to finish, was about 5 hours, and by the time he decided he was ready to come, a minute and a half later, there he was!) He was 8 pounds 9.7 ounces – the biggest by quite a bit of either Judah or Jovelle – and 21 inches. He had a bit more hair than they did, too, which has resulted in a particularly soft head that I have decided is remarkably stroke-able. It’s so soft!
He is also quite cuddly and loves being held, and quite honestly, I love that about him. Judah always liked to be facing out and seeing what was going on in the world, even from a really young age, but this guy, oh he loves being held close and tight. He is such a sweet little guy… though I must confess that I was pretty shocked when Chris announced, “It’s a boy!” For some reason, I really thought the baby was a girl; in fact, Chris said when he announced the gender, it was the most alert he’d seen me all night when I sat straight up and yelled, “It’s a BOY!? What?!”
Josiah means “The Lord heals,” “The Lord supports” or “The Lord saves.” I’ve always like the person of Josiah in the Bible (See 2 Kings 22-23 for more about him.); I love that he became king at 8 years old and that he was a just ruler who followed God. In fact, the Bible says, “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and followed completely the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left” (2 Kings 22:2). He was also responsible for renewing the covenant between God’s people and God. When Josiah found the Words of God and realized that they had not been following His commands, Josiah basically kick started a revival: He “renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord—to follow the Lord and keep his commands, statutes and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, thus confirming the words of the covenant written in this book. Then all the people pledged themselves to the covenant” (2 Kings 23:3). How cool is that?! Since we work with Bible translation, we find Josiah’s reformation because of his encounter with the Word of God especially moving – it really is such a strong reminder of what can happen when one encounters the living Word and why we believe everyone should have access to it in a language they understand best.
Of course, Josiah wasn’t perfect, but isn’t that true of all of us? Still, though, the Bible tells us that “neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses” (2 Kings 23:25).
Our hope and prayer is that our Josiah will follow the ways of the Lord, even from a young age, and turn neither to the right nor the left, even with the pressures of a society trying to redefine right and wrong. We pray that he will follow the Lord will all his heart, soul and strength, and that he will love the Word of God passionately – and that this love for God and the Bible will give him a passion to want to see others walking with Him.
Yup, we’re in love!
*Thanks to Tiny Bear Photography for the last picture of Josiah.