We’ve got a new niece!

Yesterday morning, Jon’s sister, Rachel had a baby girl! We are happy to welcome Savannah Lynn Sadd into our family. Now the Snyder family has 5 girls and 1 boy! Poor Ian is a little outnumbered with the Pittsburgh cousins!

Not being able to be there to see Savannah after she was born is a disappointment for us. We needed to be here getting prepared to go to El Salvador. It was kind of the first taste of what it will be like to live away from family. I don’t like it. This is a part of “counting the cost” and sacrificing that I don’t like. I don’t like that my kids will be far from their grandparents and cousins. I don’t like that we won’t be there for every new birth in the family. I don’t like that we won’t be there for every grandparent that gets sick, or every family member or friend that passes away. That’s hard to take.

Jesus was serious about his disciples following Him, even if that means putting Him before the comfort of being close to family. In Matthew 12:49 Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” In Luke 14:26 and 27 He says, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters – yes, even his own life – he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”

Wow, sounds like some harsh words from Jesus. I think He was overstating to make a point. I don’t think He literally wants us to “hate” our family, but I think He wants us to love Him more than anything else – more than our life, our families, our comfort. But it is a hard thing to live out. If I want to call myself a follower of Jesus, I need to literally follow Him even when it hurts and it’s hard.  I definitely am still working on this one!

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