The last one finally arrived today, Athina Maria Markos, all 8 pounds 5.2 ounces of her. As Briana said, "Today looks like a good day to have a baby".
The last of the 3 in the past few months in our family, Remi, Tristan and now the beautiful Athina.
And, here I am a grown man writing with tears coming down my face thinking how God has so wonderfully blessed a family, that despite much dysfunction caused by me over the earlier years, has prospered and grown. Not only have we been blessed, but we have been blessed when we didn't deserve to be, when we never expected to be and now that the sounds of little people laughter and baby cries will resound in my house (fortunately I'll be traveling alot ), the amazing gift of grace has fully hit home in my heart.
You can read all the Bible stories and listen to everyone else's testimonies, but until you are directly affected by this incredible thing God has given us called Grace, we can't fully comprehend. Last night I ate dinner with my oldest daughter, her husband and 3 children, and I had a ball hanging out with them. As many of you who know my story are familiar with, she didn't even speak to me for 7 years she was so hurt and mad at me for breaking up our family. Rightfully so, I have had to re-earn her trust over the last 15 years or so. God's grace once again had healing power between her and me, what was once lost has now been found.
There are now 24 members of our family, begun from the roots of an only child. When I think of this, it amazes me that we have come this far and how much joy is in my heart now, as well as pride for all of these fabulous kids who have grown into equally fabulous adults. And pride for the great and grand children who make me laugh, make me want to be a better man and who remind me that God said to "come to him as little children" when they say grace in their own sweet style as little 2 year old Chase did last night.
Makes you wonder how God feels about His family, us. Maybe he sheds a tear every now and then thinking how far we have come to be in relationship with Him. Maybe, just maybe, he can't wait to forgive us, to help us make amends, and allow us to experience the pure joy of how life perpetuates itself through our offspring, his offspring. He must be looking for the good in us instead of those times we have gone astray, lest His grace be in vain.
I feel so thankful, and even more so that you have also received that same grace day in and day out from the trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who I hope will always guide my 3 Amigos, Remi, Tristan and Athina.
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.