Sunday, July 1, 2012

A Time of Reflection

 Sitting in a quiet hospital room gives you lots of time for pondering.  I think it’s in the nature of everyone (or at least moms) to notice children who are similar to your own.  I know I do.  The sad reality is that there are not many living children like Aaron.  At least not when you consider all the children who are alive.  But at the same time, there are many who are at least born alive.  Aaron recently turned two. 


Over the past couple days, and within the next week, three other families will recognize their two-year-old girls’ birthdays.  But of necessity, they’re celebrations will be a bit different than ours.  See, all three of these girls have finished their mortal lives.  

Sweet Addie, dear Emalee, and LittleFirecracker, also known as Lilly, have each passed on, leaving their families with huge holes that cannot be filled.  Because a baby, a child, is not like a piece of clothing that can be replaced.  It doesn’t matter how many other children you have.  Each one brings their own unique blessings and flavor to your life.  Each is irreplaceable.  

And there are so many more.  There were over 100 balloons released on Aaron’s birthday.  Many, the vast majority, had names written on them of angel babies to whom they were dedicated.  Others went without names, but I know God knows them.  I am so grateful for all those who took time out of their lives to come celebrate with us.  I am also grateful for knowing my sweet friends and the chance to remember their babies and pray for them. 

A atime to be born, and a time to bdie; a time to plant, and a time to
pluck up that which is planted;
A time to weep, and a time to alaugh; a time to bmourn, and a time to dance;

Each life that touches ours for good
Reflects thine own great mercy, Lord;
Thou sendest blessings from above
Thru words and deeds of those who love.
What greater gift dost thou bestow,
What greater goodness can we know
Than Christlike friends, whose gentle ways
Strengthen our faith, enrich our days.
When such a friend from us departs,
We hold forever in our hearts
A sweet and hallowed memory,
Bringing us nearer, Lord, to thee.
For worthy friends whose lives proclaim
Devotion to the Savior’s name,
Who bless our days with peace and love,
We praise thy goodness, Lord, above.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for remembering Lilly! I love the angel pic you posted. And the scripture ... God bless you all - I continue to pray for Aaron and cheer him on.