Thanksgiving Tuesday

Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord,
praise and exult him above all forever.

Daniel 3:57

Today, I offer heartful thanks for one of the Lord’s works which changed my life forever. This is my younger son’s birthday, and I will always cherish the adventure which led us to this day.

My husband and I could not have been more blessed the day our older son was born. As we gazed upon that little boy, we knew with all of our hearts just how much God loved us because our hearts were bursting with love for this little one. From Day One, he brought joy to our days -still does. As soon as he realized that some of his cousins were siblings, he wondered when he would have a little brother. He didn’t understand that we could not bear another child, so he periodically repeated this request. Just after our son’s seventh birthday, quite miraculously and unexpectedly, we discovered a subsequent pregnancy.

All went well until that birth-day when our newborn son was whisked away before I could hold him. His color wasn’t good and he needed the warmth of an incubator immediately. The following day, the doctor shared that he was calling in a specialist to look into a possible “blood issue.” Another day passed without answers. While my husband and I tried to keep a calm demeanor for our older son, we prayed with all of our might. In the midst of this trauma, Sister Charles who worked in the hospital stopped by my room. “Stop worrying, Mary,” she said. “I’ve looked at that baby and he’s going to be perfectly fine!”

Today, I offer my deepest thanks that Sister Charles was right. Indeed, my younger son is perfectly fine!

Generous God, thank you for the gift of my children. When I became their mother, I assumed the most important and fulfilling role of my life.

©2013 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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