One year ago today, our family received a precious gift of grace from God. Jackson Cash Bybee came into the world and came into our lives and today I want to give thanks to God for my youngest.
We named you Jackson because it means “God has been gracious.” And that’s what we feel when we look at you, Jackson. God knew our hearts to have another child and you are His gracious response to that request. Not only are you a constant reminder of God’s goodness, you teach me that His goodness is lavish. You are grace to me, son.
We named you Cash after the great Johnny Cash, the long-time bard of the Bybee family and a figure that represents the myriad ways we struggle toward redemption. But your middle name also means “peace” and you’ve certainly lived up to that name. Your mother’s pregnancy was a little turbulent and we had a couple of scares along the way. But since you’ve been with us, you’ve been nothing but a peaceful baby. Your laid back and even keel disposition has been such a blessing to me. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a happier baby. You are peace, son.
Finally, I’m proud that you carry my last name and the last name of your grandfather and your great-grandfather. I look forward to teaching you what it means to be a Bybee just as my Dad taught me. You are mine, son, and for that I am so very thankful.
All your days, 1 Kings 2:2-3 will be my prayer for you, son: So be strong, show yourself a man, and observe what the LORD your God requires. As you grow, I hope you’ll come to know that your life is bound up in the LORD your God. You’re already a strong little boy and it’s a joy watching you grow into the man God wants you to be.
Happy Birthday, Jackson!