We unintentionally welcomed it in by having a late night movie that spilled into his birthday.
I even paused to sing to him.
After the movie, we prayed together and I gave him a hug.
Then... I asked for another hug - a firm embrace, if you will.
and then the time after that...
and the time after that.
Those first few hugs didn't allow me the chance to put my full strength into it.
Still, it's amazing how many powerful gentle embraces you remember through a powerful firm embrace.
"Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate." (Psalm 127:3-5)