…Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5 (NKJV)
Robins are often the first sign of spring. On April. 7, 2020 at 7:37 p.m., Robin Hemingway came into the world, making us delighted grandparents once again. Robin joins his big sister Kennedy who is just turning four-years-old and battling T-cell lymphoma cancer. After two miscarriages and Kennedy’s cancer, winter is finally over, spring has arrived. Joy has finally come in the morning to our daughter Kallie and her husband Reed. Praise Jesus!
Many may not know how Robin got his name. Last September when 3-year-old Kennedy found out she was going to be a big sister, she announced, “The baby’s name is Robin.” They didn’t even know if this baby would be a boy or girl, but Kennedy insisted the name was Robin. By Christmas, Kennedy’s parents knew they had a boy on the way, and decided his name would be Rory. But Kennedy and her preschool friends were all still planning to call him Robin. When Kennedy was diagnosed with cancer on February 1, Kennedy’s Daddy decided she should have naming privileges for the new baby. So Kennedy got her wish and the baby’s name became Robin!
And Robin is the best name for this baby born in spring who is bringing joy to so many. Already his sweet cries are like a song bird, filling their home with music. And like Robin Hood of old, he has come to restore the joy that was stolen by the false king. Robin is hope and promise wrapped in a baby blanket. Isn’t that how God sent the Savior to Bethlehem? As I hold this sweet bundle, I keep humming the words from the hymn, He Lives…
And feel the pride and joy He gives
But greater still the calm assurance
This child can face uncertain days, because He lives (Ackley, 1933)
The line “uncertain days” is so true for our world today, as many are sick or quarantined from coronavirus, without jobs, wondering when life will return to “normal.” But just as this baby Robin, and every baby born gives us hope for all humanity, Jesus gives us hope, because He conquered sin, death, and the devil, and rose in victory on Easter. Jesus was born out of the the grave on Easter morning, so that we also can be born again to eternal life through Him. Because of Jesus, we can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives (Ackley, 1933)
Easter always follows Good Friday, joy follows weeping, dawn follows the night, and spring always follows winter, so we rejoice this day! A Robin, often the first sign of spring, has come as a promise to this precious family. Summer is on the way.
So today I give you photos and Bible verses to bless your day!
This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)
Even the sparrow has found a home,
And the swallow a nest for herself,
Where she may lay her young—
Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts,
My King and my God. Psalm 84:3 (NKJV)
There is a son born to Naomi… Ruth 4:17 (NKJV)
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13 (NJKV)
For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. 1 Samuel 1:27 (NKJV)
And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. Luke 1:14 (NKJV)
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified[ you… Jeremiah 1:5 (NKJV)
And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. Luke 2:40 (NKJV)
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127:3 (NKJV)
Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7 (NKJV)
But You are He who took Me out of the womb;
You made Me trust while on My mother’s breasts.
I was cast upon You from birth.
From My mother’s womb
You have been My God. Psalm 22:9-10 (NKJV)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17 (NKJV)
While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And day and night
Shall not cease. Genesis 8:22 (NKJV)
Today’s TEA CUPP: Every time you see a robin this spring, remember this special baby and the gift of eternal life God has given you. Rejoice, oh friends, the long night is over! Jesus has won the victory!
Thank you for stopping by My TEA CUPP Prayers! I pray you are blessed by these devotions. Thank you also for praying for our granddaughter Kennedy. She still has two years of chemo before her and needs prayers for eating more and walking again. God’s blessings, Jennifer Grace
Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.