The Complications of Multiplication

November 19th, 2009

Ladies and Gentleman, boys and girls, children of all ages welcome to the world famous Thursday Blog. The only blog in the history of mankind to win a Daytime Emmy for best Costume Design mostly because as I type this I am sitting at a local Starbucks wearing a chicken costume pecking at a latte and enjoying free wi-fi.

In introduction, I am Sam Luce and I blog at samluce.com. I have known Dan for at least 1 solid year, which makes me close enough to get an invitation to his Bar Mitzvah, but not his Christening.

It is with immense privilege I announce that I will be blogging for the aforementioned Master Lee-Archer.

Upon thinking of Master Lee-Archer and his Princess’ present circumstance I thought I would tell you a story about…

The Complications of Multiplication.

You might be saying to yourself, multiplication isn’t that difficult. I watched a rather awkward film in health class in the 8th grade. I’m sure you are thinking ‘I can figure out multiplication just fine’. To that I would say, I am sure you can and heaven help us if you do.

I remember when I married my Princess discussing a five year plan to having kids. The truth was I was nervous to have kids. I wasn’t sure if I would be a good father. I didn’t know what kind of world they would be born into; then as the years wore on I worked with loads of kids of all shapes and sizes; good kids, bad kids, in-between kids, and so my nervousness turned to fear.

By the time our five year anniversary hit, we began to seriously talk about having kids. It was all part of our plan. I however had been a kids pastor for about 7 years at this point and was very afraid of having kids – after seeing some kids turn out great others not so great – I was frightened because there seemed to be no formula to it. I feared I couldn’t control the outcome and I didn’t want to just have kids because that’s what you do after you get married.

That fall I experienced the loss of a family member for the first time in my life, my grandfather, who was killed in a farming accident. At his funeral I knew that I was going to have a son. I knew that having kids was part of God’s plan. I came home talked to my wife and she agreed.

Within a couple of months my wife took a test that confirmed she was pregnant. We were ecstatic – there is nothing like the feeling of looking at a test telling you that you are about to bring a life into the world. Our family and friends shared our joy. Thirteen weeks later we found out our baby had died. We were crushed.

Fast forward 6 years and we have 2 boys and a baby girl. Being a father has changed everything. I still struggle with fear from time to time, but being a father has helped me trust God in ways I didn’t know were possible. I read my bible with different eyes. I am blown away that Abraham would lay his hopes and dreams on an altar of wood because he trusted God. I am blown away by the redemptive gift God the Father gave to us in Jesus. I am blown away that Jesus would come to earth and dwell in the mess of humanity.

So many times I have noticed in so many areas of my own life that when God is challenging me to grow, to multiply; I flinch out of fear, I do nothing and don’t grow in those areas till I come to a place of trust in who God is.

For those of you still trying to have children, don’t quit believing and don’t wait. Be a father now. We live in a society torn apart by fatherlessness. You don’t have to look far, at work, at school, or in our neighborhoods to see that there are people who need someone to love them for no reason at all.

To Dan’s Princess you are blessed because even though I may not know a lot about Dan, I do know this – your new baby is going to be blessed beyond words to have a father like Master Lee-Archer that will fill your house with laughter and love!

Have Fun,

Sam

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2 Responses to “The Complications of Multiplication”

  1. Rob Says:

    An enlightening blog Sam; it gave a little insight into you & your family for me. I’m sorry to hear about your initial child dieing, no one told me! God bless you both and the kids :-).

    Rob Luce

  2. Guest Blogging for FMD today Says:

    [...] and fill his rather large and somewhat smelly blogging shoes. My attempt at doing so is entitled “The Complications of Multiplication.” I hope you enjoy [...]

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