Life is filled with many milestones. Some exciting. Others sad. Many that are the common experience of all human beings: Your first day at school. Graduation. Your first job. College. Marriage. And the birth of your first child.
Yesterday, September, 24, 2014, was such a milestone for the Weliever family. Our daughter, Rachél, gave birth to a healthy, beautiful baby boy–Roy Sharp Thompson. He entered this world at 3:23 pm EST, weighed in at 7lb, 7 oz, and is 20″ long.
Baby Roy is already a special little boy, because he’s our first grandchild! Yes, get ready for pictures, posts and of course, bragging! I suspect I will soon embrace Doug Larson’s observation–“the idea that no one is perfect is a view most commonly held by people with no grandchildren.”
Norma Jean and I are thrilled for Rachél, and her husband, Jared Thompson. Their thoughtful planning and spiritual emphasis on having a baby has been very impressive to us. They’re going to make great parents! And, of course, Norma Jean, is going to be a wonderful Grandmother!
As a reflect on the birth of baby Roy, I am reminded of the wise man’s statement “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children” (Prov 13:22)
We often think of an inheritance as monetary, but it may be the legacy of a good name, family traditions, special memories, or a spiritual heritage. In the case of Roy Sharp Thompson, it is all of the above!
Jared and Rachél chose his name from our family’s heritage. Sharp is Jared’s middle name, shared by his father and grandfather. Roy Weliever was Rachél’s Papaw, my Dad.
Both my Dad and Jared’s Father, Rick, have passed away. But their memory and legacy lives on. Both were good men. God’s men. Honorable men of virtue, integrity and righteousness. No doubt in the years to come Jared and Rachél will share with little Roy wonderful stories of his namesake.
Norma Jean and I are thankful for the love that Jared and Rachél share. Thankful for their love for the Lord. Thankful for their commitment to Christ. Thankful they have chosen to honor their family’s heritage in naming their son. Thankful for the wonderful privilege of being little Roys’ grandparents.
By the way, is too soon to begin giving some grandfatherly advice?! Well, Jared, you and Rachél can save this and read it to Roy when he’s older!
Little Roy, your grandmother and I pray that you will grow up to be like the men after whom you were named. We pray that you will honor your parents. Love your God. Obey the gospel. Serve your fellow-man. Grow in your faith. Discover and develop your God-given talents. Respect others. Enjoy life. And be the best you that you can be!
Sleep peacefully little fella. I love you. And look forward to holding you soon!
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman
(Baby Roy’s Papaw)