Last Night's Blessing

I got a phone call from one of  my dearest friends.  I could tell by the song in her voice she was about to tell me a miracle had happened.  She had given birth to her twin boys.  Needless to say, I grabbed my purse, keys, and told Mark where the hot dogs were for dinner.

I couldn’t wait to get those little angels in my arms.  What I didn’t expect was the rush of sweet memories of my own children when they were newborns.

I walked into the hospital room and there was Kimberly more beautiful than ever.  She looked tired yet so happy.  My heart melted when she pointed to her beautiful twin boys.  Both are so healthy and strong.  They were swaddled tightly and sleeping peacefully.

Watching Kimberly and Raymond interact as new parents sent me back to my first night as a mother.  I didn’t know what in the world I was going to do with this little bundle so helpless and needing me.  My grandmother gave me the best advice, “Just love her and everything will fall into place.”  Doing everything out of love was the message Grandma had for me.  That advice is what I gave to my friends.  Besides, I know they will be the best parents ever!! They are so full of love.

Isn’t that what God wants us to do??  Do everything with love??  Wasn’t Jesus the best example of God doing love??  Didn’t God say He loved us so much that He sent Jesus to us??  (John 3:16)

Love is the mission left for us to spread.  Love is why as parents we raise our children to live a Christ-like life.  Love is what God wants for us and our children.  Love has no boundries, no restrictions, and no limits.  Love just a four letter word that is never ending.

My blessing last night??  Oh, it has to be the spit up.  The little one was having trouble getting it all the way up.  I watched the little bundle struggle with it while I tried to help burp him.  When I saw the fear of his mother as she watched helplessly from her bed, spread across her face and streak down her exhausted face, I knew all she wanted was to hold him and make everything better.  He finally got it up and I redressed the little guy and layed him with Kimberly.  Holding him eased her fear and I couldn’t stop apologizing for being “out of practice.”  The love was so strong at that moment as she stroked his little back and lulled him back to sleep.  That moment is frozen in my mind.  Love is so beautiful.

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