Thanks for your prayers! On November 8th our fourth child was born, a girl! Rhea Trinity Mai (舞) Robison was born around 6:30am and weighed in at 7 pounds 9 ounces. Rhea (Ray-uh) is healthy and eating a lot. The boys are enjoying their little sister and Hugo is adjusting to not being the baby anymore. We just picked up Rhea’s birth birth certificate, and now we’re prepping for her visa and passport for our planned return to Japan in February. Thanks for your prayers through Maki’s difficult pregnancy and finally birth and recovery. Things are going well!
As in Turkeys. It’ll be nice to be with family on thanksgiving. My grandmother (who is in her 90’s) is hosting thanksgiving again this year, and she’s preparing dinner. She’s also taller than me, and tougher too. I hope by the time I’m in my 90’s I too will be tough and a good cook, though I don’t anticipate being any taller.
Anyway, with thanksgiving, we always think of family, but we also consider other blessings from God. For us that includes allowing us to serve in Japan, something that has been in my heart for close to 20 years, and Maki’s for longer. God uses you to make that possible through your gifts and prayers. Thank you!
This year I’ve been blessed to read a lot of Christian books that have deepened my appreciation for and understanding of God. One takeaway is that I convinced Maki to let me sneak ‘Trinity’ into the baby’s name. For a great explanation on the Trinity try Michael Reeves’ book Delighting in the Trinity. I’ve also been enjoying church history and historical theology. One of the things however that has been impressed on me through this journey is that the essence of what we believe as Christians is right there in the Bible, and that reading great books is good, but reading the Bible is better. Spurgeon (first time even I quote Spurgeon?) is famous for having said ‘Visit many good books, but live in the Bible’. Reading theology is a great blessing, but it isn’t a litmus test for great Christians. Did you know, of all the great Puritan writers there was really only one that was uneducated, and that was John Bunyan who wrote Pilgrim’s Progress. Some of my heroes of the faith growing up didn’t make the list because of anything impressive, they made the list simply because they read the Bible and walked with God, exemplifying the fruit of the Spirit in their lives. So while I’m excited about all the books on my ‘to be read’ pile, I remember that walking with God and loving my neighbor with His love, is the more excellent way.