If you are a mom … or even just a person with a heart for children and people and God … there surely is that place deep inside you that cries out when it knows a child or a baby is hurting – a voice that calls up to God to beg His mercy for the little ones who are sick or abused or lost.
Since I’ve become a mother, I can no longer watch commercials for “Feed the Children” or look at too much material from St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, for which our school does a fundraiser, alternating with the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. I absolutely can not imagine what having a terminally ill child would be like, and while I know God doesn’t give you grace until you need it sometimes, I still just have this fear or dread of cancers and disease and death. While I know God’s grace personally because God gave it to me during one of my darkest times when I miscarried our baby at 8 weeks gestation many years ago, I’ve been fortunate to have 3 healthy children, Miriam being the healthiest by far – and I don’t take that for granted because I know it can change at any moment and I know I have done nothing to deserve 3 children who are overall whole and well.
Today my heart has been heavy for 2 reasons … one being a prayer request I want to share with all my friends who are Christians. A couple from our church had their baby today – a baby girl who was born weighing 7 lbs (exactly what Miriam weighed at birth) and with good vital signs … but who has spina bifida and who has already had a long surgery today and faces another one on Friday to have a stunt (?) placed in her brain to relieve the fluid that is in her precious, perfect head. While I don’t know this couple very closely, they are people I see pretty much every Sunday and Wednesday – I know their other 3 children from working in the nursery and our Wednesday night children’s club. I enjoy listening to them sing special music as their whole family is very gifted in this area.
Please pray for baby Lilah … and her parents, grandparents, and all those who love her and hope that she will grow up to be a healthy, happy child. There are a myriad of ways her recovery could go – from having no complications to being developmentally or physically delayed. God Himself only knows what the future holds … but He knows best.
Secondly, this weekend my father-in-law petitioned me to read the book that has been a recent sensation: