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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "A Man is Known by the Company He Keeps" (without using the actual phrase). (01/31/08)
TITLE: First Fellowship in Utero
By Dianne Janak
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Your first birthday is next week. We will remember this party for you with pictures and remind you of our challenges and joys of this first year managing three babies.
The triplet blessing, the triplet miracle, the triplet adventure is one that not many of your peers will experience. You have a built in social network of two siblings to grow with, sharing the same birthday, the same grade at school, and hopefully an eternal support for one another.
We could be wrong, but we have a few ideas of some of your traits after close observation. Not one day has gone by that your little lives have not amazed us as to God’s goodness. My prayer for each of you will always be to keep your faith strong in God and in each other.
Nathan, your smile and laugh is contagious. Your face is the first to light up when a stranger enters the room. You beam with excitement, and giggle ferociously when we tickle you. From the very first day of your birth, we saw you as special.
You seemed to be the leader of the three. Everyone that met you noticed an inner strength in your demeanor, and commented on your being one to watch. You confidence is a good thing, and God will bless it when you turn it over to Him. Then it will be your strongest asset.
Matthew, you face lights up at the sound of music. When we sing “This is the Day the Lord has made” it’s as if you heard that song before. A joy creeps across your face, your eyes sparkle, and your grin is contagious. I cannot wait for the day to share Jesus with you.
Your face also beams when you see your mom’s brightly colored embroidered throw pillows, as if the rainbow of color awakens a deep longing in you for beauty. You are the sensitive one, quieter than your brother, but sweet tempered, affectionate, and teddy bear cuddlely.
As the two boys, you will be compared and contrasted. Don’t fret about being anyone but yourself. Embrace the differences.
Jordyn, your feminine touch already shows. You charm with your smile and manipulate with your tears. You are the first to walk ( you go girl). Your first word spoken was “shoes” proving you are your mother’s girl. Before babies she used to buy a new pair each month. It seems right for you to remind her that you now need to “follow in her shoes” literally.
Your intelligence is making itself known. You are so quick to learn, with a healthy curiosity about the world around you. Having two brothers will be a challenge, but God has given you the wits and the intuition to manage them with grace. They will protect you in days to come.
I see that already, and marvel at the joy all of you have ahead with the challenge to forgive, and edify.
My hope is the three of you will be an example for your peers to follow.
Your fellowship started early as you vied for room in the womb, and you have so much to teach about patience, selflessness, and sharing . Learn to yield to one another, and others will notice. Unfortunately yielding is not the norm.
You were given your own built in peer- group, play -dates, social network, and first friends. Keep the bond always, because one day you will have to part as each of you finds his own way, and establishes his own separate identity.
You may tire of being known as the TRIPLETS, but God has given you a special gift of one another, not to fight against each other, but to form a unit of brother/sisterhood that will carry you through hard and dark times that happen in life.
People will know if you love Jesus. Loving Him together will even be a greater strength, because the three of you gathered in His name will be an example of God’s body working together, loving each other, and fleshing out the gospel of peace. If any one of you strays from Him the other two must pray and ask God for wisdom on how to one pull him back. That will speak volumes to unbelievers of God’s faithful love and grace.
Show the world it can be done.
“A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” NIV
In God’s love,
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