What, O my son?
And what, O son of my womb?
And what, O son of my vows?
Do not give your strength to women, or your ways to that which destroys kings.
It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to desire strong drink,
For they will drink and forget what is decreed, and pervert the rights of all the [c]afflicted.
Give strong drink to him who is perishing, and wine to him whose life is bitter.
Let him drink and forget his poverty and remember his trouble no more.
Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all the unfortunate.
Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy. Proverbs 31:1-9
Thirty years ago my first son came into the world. As my wife was in labor I left the room temporarily, and used a payphone in the lobby of the hospital. I called my mom and when I told her “we are having the baby”… my knees gave way and I almost collapsed on the floor. The reality of what was happening almost floored me, literally.
This child (and the others of course) has been one of the greatest gifts from God I could imagine. Now, he is a father himself! I see so many of the qualities I admire already in this young man. Like the advice given to Lemuel… I say to the son “pursue what matters- avoid what destroys- be sober minded- and advocate for the poor and unfortunate and needy. And you will continue to shine with the glory of God and His Son Jesus.
How did I get so lucky?
God, I am thanking you for each of my children and particularly Kai Matthew Husen. He is a blessing to Maureen and I. We marvel at his joyous temperament, his compassion, intellect, creativity, industry, and love. Very happy today to celebrate this young man. Please continue to bless him, even as You are. Its a happy birthday.