Keller Shay Reyner
Born: July 29, 2016 (6 weeks early)
Parents: Scott and Mary Reyner
“… the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)
I am very grateful for the gift of this little boy to our family. I am very grateful for the way You sovereignly orchestrated his birth and protected him in the womb and provided for his safe and early arrival. I am very grateful for the mom and dad that You have given him and for their desire to raise him to be a man after Your own heart.
And so I pray that his heart will be captured by Your amazing grace and audacious love even now as he is barely two weeks old. And I pray that as his mom and dad sing over him and read your Word to him in these early days of his life that he will know Your presence and experience Your abiding peace and enjoy the pleasure that You take in him.
Would You use me to be the kind of Pop Pop that reflects Christ to him always. Use his grandmothers to demonstrate the love of Christ to him as they shower him with tenderness and love. Use his aunts and uncles and cousins to help him to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And use Scott and Mary to parent him in a way that he never doubts just how loved he is and to know the power of redeeming love.
May he grow to be a man of hope in a world that will be full of heartache and hopelessness. May he grow to be a man of courage among a people that often seek the safety of their own selfishness. May he grow to be a man that hungers to know Your Word and to live it out in a way that exalts Your great name. And may Your joy give him the strength that he needs to fight sin and overcome the evil one in an age that is becoming more and more anti-God.
Father, thank you for Keller. You are a gracious God and he is a gracious gift and may his life demonstrate throughout his days the awesomeness of Your saving, sanctifying, and sufficient grace. Amen.