New Life

Is there anything more beautiful than an itty bitty newborn baby sleeping? I had the joy of seeing my 14-day-old nephew last weekend. He is such a tiny little thing who just wants to curl up into a little ball and lay on your chest.

 Given my love of all things photographic, I was able to spend part of my time taking pictures of tiny little Nathan.  I’ve included a few of the photos here (you can’t blame an aunt for wanting to brag on her nephew!).

 Nathan2To me, these photos remind me of so many little details about him:

  • The feel of his little body moving with each breath…
  • The little sighs and coos that make you smile….
  • The delicate little fingers that reach out to grab your hand….
  • The tiny little toes curling in to stay warm….
  • The newness of his life.Nathan1

That was the most amazing thing about holding an infant again…the newness of life. What an amazing thing God has done, enabling us to procreate and bring a tiny little human into the world to care for. How all things work together to make that life. How with that newness comes unending possibilities and hope.

I think I needed that reminder of hope this week after what seemed to be unending challenges and frustrations. Hope seemed to be in short supply. But looking at these photos of my nephew reminded me that new life doesn’t just occur with a new baby – it can happen for us as Christ followers.

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. – Romans 6:4-5

So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.- 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you. – 2 Corinthians 5:17-20

Maybe today I need to look upon the new life I’ve been given in Christ with as much wonder as I gaze at my newborn nephew.  Live in that hope today!

          Jen Clark

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