Friday, December 01, 2006

Son

I don't think I knew how powerful that word was until I looked at the 7lb 7oz wonder in my arms... and said, "Son." Titus Ezekiel Anyabwile was born at approximately 1:40pm today. He's as beautiful as his mother, and is without question an amazing miracle from God.

He is my son. Having been a son for 30 years, I now know I've taken for granted what I meant to my father. I didn't realize the sense of pride that welled in his heart when he called me "son," as he often did. That is, when he didn't call me "tiger" or some such thing. "Son" was the pronoun he used most. I'm glad he did. I know something more about what he meant when he used it.

I also know something more about the Father's love for The Son. "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased" will now sound quite different for me. The pleasure the Father must have felt! Out of the abundance of an omnibenevolent heart, the Father spoke... and it was to express His pleasure at His Son! Pleasure at the sight of a newly baptized Son, given to take away the sins of His people.

And it would please me most if my son would call The Beloved Son "Lord" and the Father, "Abba."

Daughters give one kind of joy, pride and pleasure... a kind of easily-stirred alpha male protectiveness that is just as easily melted at the softness that's in them. Sons give another kind of joy, pride and pleasure... a kind of chest-thumpin' "yes, be a man!" kinda feeling. The one makes us a royal guardian, the other a king. I don't know why that is... or that it's universal. I just felt it today... and it was pleasure. I saw my son today, and I was pleased. And I now know something about the Father and the Savior that I didn't before. I know something more about what pleases the Father... it's His Son... not just the Son's work, but the Son himself.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Thabiti!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post! Praise God for this much loved addition to your family...

Robert Benson said...

Congradulations my friends, I can well remember 27 years ago on Dec. 14th when the Lord was gracious enough to give us our only son. What joy he has been and is to us today. We were just thinking about you, your lovely wife and family on Thursday and wondering if she had delivered yet. Again be blessed and give God the glory.
Robert & Winnie Benson

Justin Buzzard said...

Congrats! I celebrated the birth of my son 3 weeks ago and I know that chest thumpin' feeling. I love looking at my son and calling him "son." I love blogging about him too. I'm holding my son (Cru Luke Buzzard) as I type. Prayin that both our sons will come to know the Saving Son. That will bring some real chest thumpin'!

Shawn Abigail said...

Sounds like our prayers were answered!

kerux said...

Praise the Lord for this safe delivery, brother!
I well remember similar sentiment at the birth of my only son some 5 years ago. That joy only increases... like when he was hanging off my back to put ornaments on the top of the Christmas tree last night!
I treasure and love my girls, too... but it is fun to have another dude under the roof!
(Will you be teaching Titus how to play hockey? O wait. Guess there's not much ice in the Caymans!)

Steve Weaver said...

Congratulations to you and your wife!

The Sprauls said...

Congratulations, Thabiti!! We're so excited for you and the whole Anyabwile family! We are rejoicing with you in this wonderful gift! Isn't God's grace in the blessing of children just AMAZING?!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Brother 'T'. I share the joy with you, even though I am 1500 miles away. You are aware of the circumstances. As you know, God blessed me with three son's and I too have the joy of using the word "son" to each of them. See you when I return.

Paul said...

Congratulations!! It's awesome that God gave you a boy.

JT said...

Congratulations, brother--and thanks, in everything, for always pointing us to the gospel of the Christ.

JT

JT said...

Congratulations, brother--and thanks, in everything, for always pointing us to the gospel of the Christ.

JT

Vikki said...

I'm so happy for you and your wife!!! Praise God for the miracle of life and I'm praying that God would do a work in all our children.

Dan Edelen said...

Congratulations, Thabiti. And to your wife, too. (She did all the hard work, right?)

Sons are great. Enjoy yours immensely.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

Ronjour Locke said...

You may not remember me, but I was at the 9marks Weekender this past spring with my then pregnant wife Anne. As one who holds my 3 month old son Joshua Evan very dearly, I congratulate you and your wife. As a pastor, I pray for your family, as ministry will never be the same! And I pray that God will have, from all eternity, call Titus unto Himself. May he grow into a man who walks as the Savior, full of grace and truth, for the glory of the God who fearfully and wonderfully made him.

doug said...

Wonderful! Congratulations Thabiti!!!

May the Lord continue to bless you and your beautiful family.

~ Doug

William said...

Hey Thabiti,
The anonymous message was from me...William.