My wife and I are now proud parents of two gorgeous little girls. Our second arrived Sunday morning (convenient, eh?- just like a pastor’s kid). Seeing birth is astounding to me; how a woman’s can do that- my petite wife pushing a 7lbs 5oz person out of her body! God has made our bodies to do wonderful things really. The complexities and capabilities make my head spin.
Anyway, we now have a beautiful, healthy and all-around phenomenal little girl, who we’ve called Karyss, a variant of the Greek word χάρις- grace, blessing. The HELPS word study give this definition (with Strong’s concordance numbers):
xáris (another feminine noun from xar-, “favor, disposed to, inclined, favorable towards, leaning towards to share benefit”) – properly, grace. 5485 (xáris) is preeminently used of the Lord’s favor – freely extended to give Himself away to people (because He is “always leaning toward them”).
5485 /xáris (“grace”) answers directly to the Hebrew (OT) term 2580 /Kaná (“grace, extension-toward“). Both refer to God freely extending Himself (His favor, grace), reaching (inclining) to people because He is disposed to bless (be near) them.
I was inspired by 2 Cor. 1:15b, ἵνα δευτέραν χάριν σχῆτε ( χάριν being the accusative form of χάρις) which can be translated a few ways- I prefer either the NASB, “so that you might twice receive a blessing” or the ESV “so that you might have a second experience of grace”. Either way, the point being Karyss is our “second” or “double” blessing. Certainly, our beautiful daughter fits the bill. Not only is she adorable, cuddly and a miracle in her very existence, but she’s as close to perfect as a newborn can be! Healthy, content, and get this- she slept 6 consecutive hours last night!