We are delighted to announce the arrival of Team Ovenden’s newest member: Reuben Beck Bailey!
He made his way speedily into the world on Sunday 24 April at 11.43am, less than half an hour after our arrival at hospital, and less than four hours from Lois’ contractions starting in earnest.
Lois was kept in hospital overnight as a precaution after what happened following Connie’s birth. But thankfully everything went beautifully smoothly and we praise God that there were no complications this time around and we were allowed home the following day. Once again we are so grateful the incredible care we received, the NHS is something for which we will be forever thankful.
At 6 days early, the bonnie wee bairn weighed in at just over 4kg (9lb).
Reuben’s meaning is generally translated as “behold, a son”, but we were also told of this deeper meaning, which we love:
Reuben – The son who sees God clearly…
The Hassidic masters teach that the name Reuben refers to ‘sight’, a highly tuned level of Godly awareness that is so real that it is as if the person actually perceives God with his own eyes. No amount of argument will convince a person that he did not see something when he did. This experience is unambiguous and definite. The name Reuben expresses certainty and immediacy in his awareness of God. Reuben is the son who is both seen clearly by God, and also sees and knows God intimately and clearly.
Beck – A brook or stream, and Lois’ Granny’s maiden name.
Bailey – Part of a castle, and Lois’ maiden name.
Reuben, your name is part of our prayer for you: as we behold you, our son, and give thanks for your life, we pray that you would see God clearly and that you would know Him with certainty. We pray that you would know your Heavenly Father, both as a fortress of protection but also the fullness of a life lived in the “streams of living water”.
Connie is enjoying being the big sister and is very enthusiastic for “cuddles with my baby.”
Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. We have felt greatly loved and we are so happy to bring Reuben into a life filled with so many loving people. We hope you get to meet him soon.
With much love,
Joe, Lois, Connie and Reuben.