Pop Pop Epistle #56 – Welcome Ezra Louise Reyner


Dear Grandkids,

#7 has been added to your number. The boys had what seemed like an insurmountable lead (4-0) a few years ago but the girls are now quickly catching up (4-3). Here are the stats on the newest in the clan:

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Parents: Tucker and Danielle Reyner
Sister: Asher Elizabeth
Born: 11:45 PM on March 23
9 lbs, 3 oz, 21 inches

And here is my prayer for the newest of the grandkids:


You are the blessed God and, yet again, I find myself the recipient of your great blessings. Thank you for the gift of this little girl. Thank you for bringing her into this world safely and guarding her life and the life of her mom during delivery. And thank you for choosing her to be a part of our family.

I anticipate that You will use her life to do great and awesome things. My prayer is that You will order her steps in the days to come so that her heart is drawn to Jesus as the One who will be her joy and her salvation. I pray that she will grasp early on in her life just how high and long and wide and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses all understanding. And as she is rooted in the love of Christ, may she have a deep abiding sense of your presence and peace as she grows up.

And even as her name suggests, I pray that she will never forget that “The Lord is my helper.” Would You work mightily in her life to help her know that her sufficiency is in Christ and what He has done on her behalf rather than in herself. Would You help her to delight in Your Word. Would You help her to love Your  bride the Church. And would you help her to esteem eternal things over the the things of this world.

And then as she grows in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ would You use her to be a magnanimous helper for the sake of the kingdom of God. Would You equip her for Your kingdom purposes and enable her to find gladness in serving the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Thank You for giving this little girl Tucker and Danielle for a mom and dad and Asher as a big sister. Would You knit them together as a family and build a legacy of love through them in the years to come.

You O Lord are indeed worthy to be praised. May Your great Name be exalted.


Never forget that you are very loved!

Pop Pop

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Pop Pop Epistle #55 – My Little Darling Christy


Dear Grandkids,

Today we celebrate a birthday! Your Mom (G and B and M) and Aunt (K and A and A) was born 33 years ago today. Which means that she is 33 on 3/3. I have written each of you a letter when you were born but when Christy and her brothers were born I wrote them poems.

I thought that today I would share with you the poem that I wrote for her 2 days after she was born.

My Little Darling Christy

My little darling Christy –
How much I love you so!
As you grow up and older
I hope you’ll always know
That you are very special
And your father’s heart is full
Of love and deep emotions
That are uncontrollable.
Your little life is precious
As your life will always be,
And though I’m sometimes blind
Your Father’s heart can see
The precious love you have to offer,
The priceless gift you have to give,
The wondrous hope you have within you,
The wondrous life you have to live.
You’ll always be my child
And even when I am not near
You’ll still be in my heart –
And your Father’s ears will hear
The whispers from your lips,
The prayers that you will pray,
The cries that you will cry,
The words that you will say.
My little darling Christy –
My heart is full of love
But even it cannot compare
To your Father’s love above.

You know her as an amazing mom and aunt. But before she was this she was my beautiful, tender-hearted, precious daughter. You are very blessed to have her in your life – as is everyone that knows her. And by the way…

I still call her darling.

Never forget that you are very loved!

Pop Pop


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