Thursday, May 9, 2013

John Owen Parnell

It’s with great joy that we introduce our fourth little crazy, John Owen.

Tebowing in the womb. Is that joke still funny? 

He was such a timid little guy during our ultrasound. The entire first half I didn't think he would let us in on who he was. He finally gave up and untucked his teeney legs. His hands stayed constantly around his face, but we got sweet glimpses of our second son. 

John Owen: The Meaning and Significance

The meaning of John in Hebrew is “YAHWEH is gracious.”  Owen means “young warrior.” 

We also chose the name from one of our favorite English theologians, John Owen. We plan to call him by both names, kind of like we do Hannah Kate. 

Our prayer is that he will delight in the graciousness of the Lᴏʀᴅ by seeing Jesus as beautifully sufficient for all his needs. And that he would one day echo John Owen’s words from his work, The Glory of Christ

On Christ’s glory I would fix all my thoughts and desires, and the more I see of the glory of Christ, the more the painted beauties of this world will wither in my eyes and I will be more and more crucified to this world. 

May our John Owen be graced to find that all things pale in comparison to the glories of Jesus.

So here we are, 20 weeks in. And praying for 17+ more until we hold our littlest son in our arms. 

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