Jackson Cash Bybee was born today at 9:01am. He weighs 6 lbs. 12 ozs. and he’s 18 inches long. We chose this name for our son because Jackson means “God has been gracious.” With all that we’ve been through with this pregnancy (fear of Down’s, pre-term labor at 26 weeks, etc.), we can certainly say that God has graciously brought us to this point. Our prayer all along has been that Jackson would be a strong and healthy little boy. And God has certainly answered our prayers.
We chose the name Cash for several reasons. The name itself means “peace” or “peacemaker”. But the name is also an homage to my father and his hero, Johnny Cash. Cash has always stood as something of a redemptive figure for me; his sins were certainly public ones, but so too was his faith when he returned to it. Bono once said, “Every man knows he’s a sissy compared to Johnny Cash.” That’s the kind of man my Jackson will be.
All along our prayer for this child has been that he would be a strong man of God. Along those lines, the verse we chose for Jackson is 1 Kings 2:2-3, which says, “So be strong, show yourself a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires.” May you live into these words, son. We love you.
Mommy & Daddy, 12:42pm, Monday June 11, 2007