Our niece gave birth to a baby girl today, giving us a GRAND niece! We also have a GRAND nephew and another GRAND niece on the way from our other niece. These occasions are always happy times. And we rejoice along with them as we should.
A baby. There’s nothing like it. The sounds, smells, laughs, cries and wonderful sweetness of them.
But I have also noticed something else. When a baby is born – it seems like someone we know…dies. I don’t have any explanation for this – but every time there has been a new baby in our family or someone we know – we hear about a death. It’s strangely eery. It’s the circle of life.
In Ecclesiastes 3 we read:
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
It is called life. Some things are easy to accept – like that newborn baby. However the Muslims believe we should cry when a baby is born and rejoice when someone dies. I wonder if there is something to this – since death brings a new life, and one away from sin, hurt, disease, pain, crying and separation. A a new baby is just beginning the process…
But for now – I will enjoy the newborn baby and all the babies to come. And I will try to rejoice and not feel such sadness and sorrow from those that go before me in death.
Enjoy the song, “Turn, turn, turn” and
- Through the Looking Glass – First Days of Motherhood – Baby (everydayfamily.com)
- Perfect Season (faithrises.com)
- There is a time for everything! (nackynice.wordpress.com)