Yesterday Baby Buice #4 was born at 2:42pm. The build up to this big day in our family has been very exciting. Despite the modern advancements in technology that we enjoy today, my wife persuaded me into waiting until the birth to discover the sex of our new baby. We had done that with our son five years ago, so I was not really interested, until my wife said, “I will give you all naming rights and privileges if you agree to it.” At that point, it was a deal I could not refuse.
Our children, extended family, and friends have all provided their guesses and up until the last week, I was sure it was a boy. In fact, if the truth were known, I had spent very little time looking for a girl name. I had a list of boy names, but I didn’t have a list of girl names to choose from. That wasn’t merely from procrastination either. The girls in our home have a “K” theme while the boys stick with the “J” theme. It doesn’t take long to see that the Bible is overflowing with great names beginning with “J” while the feminine “K” is rather slim. Unless I want to name my daughter after a reed or a basket, the “K” names were a difficult process for me. I spent time going through a Greek and Hebrew lexicon looking at specific verbs to see if a slight alteration of the transliteration would work, but I was really undecided.
At 2:42pm on October 7th, 2013 – our guesses were laid to rest when our son entered the world. He was born 8lbs 1.5oz. and 19.5 in. long. Some relief settled in for me to be honest! I didn’t have to wrestle through the “K” names any longer nor did I need to start shopping for our new male German Shepherd to help even the odds out in the Buice home among the men. So, my wife and I talked over the names and decided on the name which was at the top of my list, but we were undecided on a middle name until later in the evening. We settled upon Judson Daniel Buice.
Judson comes from the famous missionary, Adoniram Judson who went to Burma (now Myanmar – nestled between India and China) in 1813 at 24 years of age. He served the Lord Jesus Christ faithfully through sickness, death, and left a powerful legacy of the gospel among those people. When he arrived in that dangerous anti-gospel land there were no converts. Today, there are thousands of Baptist congregations thriving due to his gospel witness. Adoniram Judson wrote, “The motto of every missionary, whether preacher, printer, or schoolmaster, ought to be ‘Devoted for life.‘”
The middle name remained undecided. For a while, I had told my wife I wanted his name to be Judson William Carey Spurgeon Daniel Samuel Bunyan Buice. She smiled, but didn’t agree. We later decided upon Daniel – for two important reasons. First, Daniel was a man who stood strong and tall in the pages of the Old Testament. He was a man who, even from his youth, purposed in his heart to obey God in the face of pending trials and the looming possibility of death. When faced with lions he was willing to be consumed by savage beasts before he denied YHWH and bowed to the king or other dead idols fashioned by the hand of man. Names are important. I pray my son will grow to be a man who loves God and serves him like Adoniram Judson and has a backbone like Daniel.
We also chose Daniel because it was my grandfather’s name (Pawpaw). He was my mother’s father and had a massive impact upon my life. He was a military man, truck driver, and construction worker. He was rough, tough, wild, pagan man until he was changed by Jesus Christ. Although my Pawpaw always had a strong exterior, he was a man with a gentle heart who loved his family and it showed in how he took time with me, provided for me, and sought to protect me when I was thrust in the middle of family trials at a very young age. My Pawpaw was a man who taught me to stand tall, look a man in the eyes, and always keep your word. He told me about making large business deals and borrowing thousands of dollars from bankers on the shake of a hand. He taught me about about integrity with people and money. He taught me about doing more than just attending church on Sunday. He sacrificed much of his money for the Lord’s work. Although he went to be with the Lord at Christmas time in 2008, his legacy lives on. I would like to teach my son to be a man of integrity which I learned from the men in my life – my Dad and my Pawpaw.
As I watched my little boy sleep through the night last night, it was a reminder of God’s blessing upon our family. God has been so gracious to us and we are very thankful. I pray that God will raise up Judson Daniel Buice to serve Him and treasure Him above all things this world has to offer. It is my earnest prayer that he will be a man of God rather than a man of this world.
Psalm 127:3-5 – Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!
Soli Deo Gloria,
Pastor Josh Buice