New life


Psalm 139: 13-16 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

This is Zara Khor, my niece born on 9 May 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. Already the topic of every family members’ conversation, her birth has firmly established traditional family hierarchies as everyone prides over their new title and new ranking.

This shiny novelty is the most talked about – phone calls, texts and emails have been exchanged from London to Melbourne to Singapore to Penang. She is the most photographed – from when she is sleeping, screaming or smiling.

Yet the new celeb is blissfully unaware of the hoo-haa around her, the interest in her, the people waiting to grab a piece of her.

New is good, because new is shiny and exciting. New breaks the monotony of the mundane, and new is an addition to the already known.

God is all about newness. New life is a recurring theme in the Bible, which talks about it in the natural and in the spiritual. Anyone who belongs to Christ becomes a new person, because the old life is gone and a new life has begun (2 Cor 5:17).

New life means changes and a disruption to routine. The arrival of Zara is the beginning of motherhood for my sister, who will now have to do things differently at home and at work to accommodate this new girl.

Children are a gift from God because they are a reward from him (Psalm 127: 3). Zara is a Mother’s Day gift to my sister, born on the second Saturday in May.

She is a gift to her dad, because children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates. (Psalm 127:4-5)

New life is not going to be easy, but the rewards of new life are plentiful.

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