Monday, November 26, 2007

Dedicated to Lora

Dear Lora,

We have prayed and waited for this day. We were so excited when little Levi walked in the door at Easter and presented us with a bouquet of flowers, with a little soother dangling, announcing that you were carrying another child. The soother still hangs on our chandelier as table talk to anyone who enters our home.

We've watched you nurture and train your first born and we are so looking forward to having him stay with us this week. He is such a gift from God. You have taught him to be a young gentle man and he too is looking so forward to the birth of your new child tomorrow. To realize this small child reflects traits and characteristics of you, your spouse and your families is a mind-shattering and heart-rendering realization. Watching you invest your time and best efforts to help him grow and develop is to be part of the creative majesty of life itself.


Here Levi is giving the new born his first gift.
A brand new silver "jetta herbie car."
He is a collector of Volkswagen models.

I loved the way you as parents described the birth process of the new baby to Levi. Your husband so delicately shared about his own surgery a few years ago and showed Levi the similarities and described how the Doctors would also have to make an incision in Mommy's tummy and lift out the baby and then the Doctor would stitch it up again and Mommy would be healed in a few weeks.
Simple, straight forward and truthful.
(Just remember to explain to Levi as he grows older that there is another way to give birth to a child, lest they forget)

Lora, you have been entrusted with the very life, health, and well-being of a tiny human person. This is a great gift.
Psalm 139 has always been my favorite verse and I held it dear to my heart during my own pregnancies and I have also prayed this for your family during the recent months.

For it was you who created my being,
knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I thank you for the wonder of my being,
for the wonders of all your creation.

This passage describes that life in the womb is sacred and from God. God is the creator of life in the womb. So it is no wonder that the development of the baby in the womb touches our hearts because it is a reflection of the very mystery of God.
God makes us beautiful, a reflection of God's own beauty.

When I think of our new grandchild to be born, I feel like he is part of our family already. We had fun sitting down at your home watching the imaging videos of your new born, sucking his thumb, yawning and finally he'd give a good healthy kick with both legs and we could just see your womb moving.
We will feel so blessed tomorrow to think that we can hold him in our hands.

I can't wait to make our final walk today and sip on Starbucks and bless the little one just once more.

Lovely, complicated wrappings
Sheath the gift of one-day-more
Breathless, I untie the package__
Never lived this day before!

Marg

2 comments:

  1. How exciting! I will wait for the grand announcement & say a prayer or two for Lora. The blessings of being a grandmother can't be described!

    PS When are we sipping our latte and listening 'Noel'? Maybe Levi would like to join us!

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  2. Oh Marg, we are so in the same boat. I don't have the promise of tommorow being the day but soon, very soon.
    You so eloquently spoke of this child you already know and I love the way to lifted his parents up as well.
    I'll be thinking of your family too.

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