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Chris Pollock

Chris Pollock - web developer & ecommerce entrepreneur
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A New Son and a New Name

First an introduction.  Simon Jacob Pollock was born on June 6, 2008 at 5:30 in the morning.   [This is where weight and height would be inserted.. but I’m not really sure why people give those stats, so I’m leaving them out.]  He looks just like a Pollock.  Below is his very first picture.

Simon Jacob Pollock

Now for the story of his name.

Simon’s name was not always to be Simon Jacob.  Just a day earlier it was to be Simon Clayton.  Clayton was a family name and so initially we thought it made a fine middle name for Simon.  The hours surrounding his birth would change all that.  On June 5th we traveled to be with friends who were celebrating the death of you their young son Jacob.

I say celebrated, and not mourned, because celebration definitely characterized the event.  The Fahmer’s believe, as do I, that a child who has not sinned is not subject to the demands of the Law and therefore the Wrath of God (not the case for the rest of us who have knowingly transgressed the commands of our loving heavenly Father).  It was a celebration because he is in heaven where he continually get’s to behold the face of the Lord Jesus and is free from the suffering that characterized his short life (138 days).

Jacob Fahmer was born with Trisomy 18, a life shortening condition (you can read his whole story here).  His life was short, by God’s own choosing, but it was not without value or significance.  He, like,all creatures made in the image of God, brought a certain reflection that is not limited by length of days. For one, the Fahmer’s life has forever been changed, by the gift of his life.  Secondarily, I believe (and you can read testimony for yourself in this post and in others on Jacob’s blog) that people have been caused to consider their lives and their God.   What other purpose and hope can one have?!  What else is lasting and enduring, than to have the effect of causing people to reflect on their standing with the Eternal God.?!

As we celebrated Jacob’s “home going” my wife began to experience the pangs of labor.  We gathered our children, said a few quick goodbyes and headed home (a hour and 15 minutes away).  On the way back, we could see that labor was beginning to set in. My wife’s contractions were becoming regular instead of fading away.  At one point I looked over to my wife and said “If we have this child tonight I want to call him ‘Simon Jacob’”.  My wife gave a quick nod of agreement.

Why the change?

I don’t believe in coincidence.  I believe that God orders our days, our death, and our birth.  It was not a mistake that my wife went into labor at Jacob’s funeral.  It was God’s plan.  It’s not just the timing of the event that leads me to see God’s hand, but also my understanding of God.  God brings life and death together.  He did it when His Son was crucified.  Jesus’ death brought forth eternal life.  The Creation testifies about this every day.  You have to be blind not to see that God has ordered death to life.  Plants & Animals that die and fall into the ground and nourish the next generation.  A simple walk through the woods could teach this to the attentive eye.  All through the Creation death and life are caught up together to point us to the revelation of Jesus’ death on the Cross and Resurrection three days later.

This is the story I want to characterize my life and the life of my family.  The story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  He is embedding that story in our lives, even through the simple “happenings” of life.  Jacob’s death.. Simon’s life have been tied together in a narrative that God is writing.  I am happy simply to see it, acknowledge it, and worship because of it.

Simon Jacob – because God brings life out of death.

  • http://squaredeye.com matthew smith

    Thanks for this Chris. Needed it to pull through my day. The faith of the body will carry this little fingernail through!

  • Steve Farmer

    Great story, great tribute.

    God's sovereignty is awesome and His mercy towards us is unfathomable. Despite the harsh setbacks we encounter, yet is He faithful.

    I will pray for the comfort of Jacob's family.

    Cheers,
    Steve

  • http://www.wibbzways.blogspot.com Mrs Wibbs

    This is so moving and beautiful!! And so full of TRUTH. God brings life out of death: that's the essence of the resurrection isn't it?! He is good.
    Many blessings, and congratulations on your gorgeous baby boy.

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Chris Pollock

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Another boys discovers drawing with Rob on @artforkidshub. #elf #artforkids #threeyearoldscandrawtoo#hagelslag this is what the Dutch eat for breakfast (well some of them anyways) #dessertforbreakfastGingerbread house buildingMicah turns 11Somewhere over the Atlantic@andinic there you go. Seven days!Finally some sun! The journey home has begunNetherlands has more bikes than people.Shhhhhh. Don’t tell the kids. #christmascomeearlyDay6 @andinicNutella pizza. #iatethisEindhoven. Birthplace of PhillipsPhoto@andinic day 5@andinic day 4