Enter New Life

2011 ended with a bang for the Hurley household when our grandson was born on December 31.  He arrived after a long 26 hour journey (for both baby and mother), but everyone is doing well.  I cannot describe the feeling that ran through my heart as I heard him crying behind the closed door soon after his birth.  I felt this overwhelming mixture of love, joy, a fierce protectiveness — I started crying as I stood there waiting to see him for the first time.  What a gift this little man is for our family!

Talking with my son as they prepared to bring him home a couple days later, I asked, “Are you feeling the fear of fatherhood?”  His reply, “Oh, yeah!”  I reminded him that the initial fear of being entrusted with this new life would soon leave (but never be completely gone) and told him that he will be a great daddy to his son.  I also told him as I watched him with his son, “you have so many new things coming ahead of you, enjoy them all”.

With the arrival of 2012, we all have a new calendar ahead of us.  I know the new things that are on Ignite’s horizon:  another new church plant around O’Hare (in Elmhurst), new partnerships to be formed, new planters to be recruited, the beginning of the cluster model for planting in this region.  I look forward to what is coming.  Each church start brings the new life of Jesus into communities of Chicagoland.  New life that brings joy and love to many different lives.  I think that 2012 is going to be a great year!!

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About lancehurley

Executive Director of Ignite Church Planting: Chicagoland
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2 Responses to Enter New Life

  1. Ed Taylor says:

    Whatever our relationship in the coming year, I am excited as well.

  2. Mark says:

    You are going to be a great grandpa.

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