Susanna Nelson Kraus!

Happy Monday!  It has been quite a weekend…Friday started off with a little trip to the White House to attend a Community Leaders’ Briefing Series, followed by a trip to the hospital to see my new niece!  That’s right, Susanna Nelson Kraus aka “Baby Sister” was born on Thursday.  Or as Lulu says, “The baby is out.”  Isn’t she beautiful?

Uncle “Bubba”
It’s too bad my sister and her husband haven’t set an incredibly high standard for having beautiful babies.  I’m beyond excited for Susanna for many reasons, ONE is that she is a fourth-generation member of the very exclusive “second daughter’s club” that includes me, my mom, and my grandmother.  It’s kind of a big deal.  The first thing I did when I met her was to initiate her.      
And if that wasn’t enough, Bernie was a groomsmen in fabulous wedding for Matt and Adrienne.  I so enjoyed all the festivities but what particularly struck by how heartfelt everyone’s toasts were at the rehearsal dinner.  Over and over we heard about how Matt and Adrienne truly bring out the best in one another as well as in their friends through their love, loyalty, joy, and faith.  That’s the kind of wife and friend that I deeply desire to be.  I’m so excited to see what’s in store for Mr. and Mrs. Allen!  Congratulations!!
I also just LOVED their song choices at the ceremony.  One of my favorites was Jesus I Come.
The first time I heard this song, I was in my first semester at UVA.  I remember standing in the back of a Christian fellowship group meeting with tears in my eyes.  Feeling totally confused, overwhelmed, and spiritually and emotionally exhausted; I just couldn’t believe God’s incredible promise that whatever I may be facing, or however lost I may feel, I am always invited to come to Him.

Lyrics and music below:
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Out of my bondage, sorrow and night,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into Thy freedom, gladness, and light,
Jesus, I come to Thee;
Out of my sickness, into Thy health,
Out of my want and into Thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into Thyself,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of my shameful failure and loss,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into the glorious gain of Thy cross,
Jesus, I come to Thee;
Out of earth’s sorrows, into Thy balm,
Out of life’s storms and into Thy calm,
Out of distress to jubilant psalm,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of unrest and arrogant pride,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into Thy blessed will to abide,
Jesus, I come to Thee;
Out of myself to dwell in Thy love,
Out of despair, into raptures above,
Upward for aye on wings like a dove,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

Out of the fear and dread of the tomb,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into the joy and light of Thy home,
Jesus, I come to Thee;
Out of the depths of ruin untold,
Into the peace of Thy sheltering fold,
Ever Thy glorious face to behold,
Jesus, I come to Thee.