We chose this name for you, Ezra Sparrow, because we want you to know that from the moment you were born God's hands have been helping & holding you.
EZRA: In the bible Ezra was a prophet & a scholar. His name means "helper" & is also short for "God is my helper". Ezra helped to gather God's people from exile & helped to lead them in rebuilding the temple wall which had been broken & destroyed. When we call you Ezra it is a prayer that your whole life would be rooted in our Lord, your faithful helper. And out of this rootedness, we pray that you will grow to be a helper & a healer, helping to rebuild what has been destroyed & bringing restoration where there is brokenness.
SPARROW: A line in an old gospel hymn summarizes Jesus' words & says "His eye is on the sparrow & I know he watches me" (Matthew 10). You, little sparrow, are a picture of this promise to us. We have felt God's hand on you even before you were born & celebrate His faithfulness in giving you life. When we call you Sparrow it is a prayer that you would find blessed assurance & peace in the great love of our God & that that knowledge would bring you comfort for all the days of your life.
Ezra, we pray that you be a helper. Sparrow, know that God is always with you.
[bangkok: the view from the roof of our apartment]
in mid-august we packed up our bags & transported our little family to bangkok to wait for the arrival of our new baby.
after a few hectic months (moving our office, moving into a new apartment ourselves, new leadership at mcc, deciding to extend our contract in cambodia) bangkok has been a welcome breath of fresh air. we love living in phnom penh, but have really appreciated the quiet family time, sidewalks, public parks, & wide variety of food we've found in bangkok.
here are some snapshots of how we've been filling our bangkok days.
[cedar cannot get enough of the parks & playgrounds]
[delicious street food - pad thai & mango sticky rice]
[eating fresh with some north american comfort foods]
[& eating not so fresh, when this 9-months pregnant mama is craving french fries!]
We live in all we seek. The hidden shows up in too-plain sight.. It lives captive on the face of the obvious - the people, events, & things of the day...What a hideout: Holiness lies spread and borne over the surface of time & stuff like color.
-Annie Dillard, For The Time Being