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LEVI JAMES - October 27, 2005

This day, Oct. 25, is a red letter day! Levi James Morris will make his debut into God’s world.

Lynn and Jim left early this morning for the hospital in Charleston, and Sally, the Gilberts and I will be following soon.

Levi James Morris will be our 16th grandchild. It is a special privilege to experience this blessing.

Charles Dickens said, “I love these little people, and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.”

I feel that love from Stan, Geoff, Lucas, Stevan, Drue, Katie, Matthew, Will, Michelle, Aren, Rachel, Emily, Susanna, Rebecca and Sally. I know that I will feel the same love from Levi. But that love comes with a price . . . the price of trust. I must be the kind of grandparent that can be trusted to help lead them in God’s way.

Their hands are one of the first things I notice. First, they are so very small, grasping your fingers. Next, they are plump and dimpled, exploring hands. Sometimes we must say, “Naughty hands, No, no!” Then, they are still small, trying so hard to accomplish grown up tasks, holding pencils, learning to print their names.

Soon after this, they are getting longer, catching balls, swinging jump ropes, grabbing the top rail to climb fences, rolling out and cutting cookies.

Then, a little later, they are trying to apply lip gloss, or brushing their hair for a party.

Now, they are almost adult hands, being fitted for class rings, adjusting their graduation robes, reaching for diplomas from more experienced hands.

After graduation, their hands are displaying engagement rings, wedding rings, keys to a new car and carrying brief cases.

Then, they take up the new hands of their infant, and look at them with wonder and pride and say, “Look at these tiny hands, aren’t they beautiful?”

And I look at Levi’s hands and think, these hands hold the future of our world. God bless their hands, and hearts!

Welcome, Levi James Morris, who arrived just after 3 p.m. Oct. 25--six pounds, 14 ounces.

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