I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life... Deut 30:19
I am surrounded! Babies, babies everywhere! I can't think of a window of time when more friends had babies! Since the end of October, five close friends have had their first babies - my maid of honor, a bridesmaid, a groomsman, an usher, and my current mentee! Whew! Oh, and another friend from church - 6 little babies in just 3 months.
Though in my grief it can be challenging to see and hold little ones, I am so thankful for them! It reminds me that life is a miracle. In this fallen world, death is the norm - it grieves us terribly but that is the end of all things. To see life, to see a little one enter into the fallen and twisted world healthy and thriving lifts my eyes upward to the joy and hope of heaven where all things will be as they should and death will forever lose its grip.
God sets before us choices of life and death each day. One way for me to choose life is to embrace with joy the little babes I see. Because I view babies as life and hope, to hold them does not bring me sorrow. Instead, the moment I touch them, a warm soothing presence comes over me, holding me and healing me. Because I choose life, God grants me life!
Lord thank You for Emily, RG, Andrew, Tyler, Samuel, and Duke! Thank You Lord for allowing me to be overwhelmed and surrounded by life! Thank You Lord for reminding me that You are still in the business of making little miracles that coo and cry. May their tiny voices learn to sing Your praises. May each of their parents turn to You and seek Your face and Your ways. May each of these children bring the life and light of Your Good News to a lost and dying world. Thank You Lord for the miracle of life!