Hearts Like God’s

We give thanks to God always for all of you,
remembering you in our prayers…

1 Thessalonians 1:2

I was very excited to cross off another item on my “check-up” list. I’d gone to my internist and eye doctor and had a mammogram. When I arrived for this appointment, I was taken aback by the waiting room filled with pregnant women. I’m well past that possibility and it hadn’t occurred to me that I might wait in the company of so many mommies-in-waiting. The good news is that they all appeared cheerful as they chatted about their pregnancies and shared helpful tips with one another.

Though I’d brought a book along to occupy myself while I waited, I didn’t read a word. Instead, I stared at the same page all the while as I listened to the exchanges around me. I admit that I filled up with love as the young women around me shared their joy with one another. “Ah, to be young again!” I thought. I clearly recalled the joy my husband and I experienced throughout my pregnancies with both of our sons. It was only when the nurse interrupted my musing that I remembered the reason I was sitting in that waiting room.

As she escorted me to the examination room, I remembered the moments when the doctor confirmed each pregnancy. I fell in love with those babies-to-be instantly. Such are the hearts of parents. They are fashioned to love their children no matter what. Did you know that God’s heart works the same way?

Loving God, thank you for teaching us to love in such amazing ways.

©2018 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Newborn Hope

We are God’s people,
the flock God tends…

From Psalm 100:3

I drove to my doctor’s appointment reluctantly. I’m reasonably healthy and I didn’t want to chance hearing that this isn’t any longer the case. I worried about my blood pressure which is usually quite good. Current events in the world-at-large and nearby have given me reason to fret and to wring my hands and I can’t seem to do anything to alleviate the messes around me. It was with this mindset that I arrived for that appointment.

When I entered the doctor’s office, I was shocked to see the waiting room filled with pregnant women. I’m well past that possibility and it hadn’t occurred to me that I might be in the company of so many mommies-in-waiting. Though I came in with a heavy heart, the women before me appeared to be worry-free as they conversed about their pregnancies and shared helpful tips with one another. I admit to smiling as I listened.

The joyful chatter which filled the room also filled me up. Rather than burying myself in the book I’d brought along, I prayed for these mothers-to-be, their mates and their babies. I requested uneventful deliveries which would result in happy and healthy newborns. I asked that the parents involved would welcome their children with love, calm, patience, wisdom and generosity. I ended my prayer with words of thanksgiving for blessings received. I wouldn’t have known what to request for these parents-to-be if I hadn’t been blessed with the same.

As the nurse escorted me to the examination room, it occurred to me that, beside the messes which have caused me so much worry as of late, there are also innumerable reasons for hope in this world and it was about time for me to focus on that hope.

Loving God, this world is filled with hope. Please open my eyes to every bit of it!

©2017 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

A Parent’s Love

We give thanks to God always for all of you,
remembering you in our prayers…

1 Thessalonians 1:2

When I arrived for my appointment, I was taken aback by the waiting room filled with pregnant women. I am well passed that possibility and it hadn’t occurred to me that I might wait for my appointment in the company of so many mommies-in-waiting. The good news is that they all appeared to be worry-free as they chatted about their pregnancies and shared helpful tips with one another.

Though I had brought a book along to occupy myself while I waited, I didn’t read a word. Instead, I prayed for each of these mothers-to-be, their mates and their babies. I requested an uneventful delivery which will result in a happy and healthy baby for each one. I asked that each of the parents involved will welcome his or her child with love, calm, patience, wisdom and generosity. I prayed that all of these babies will flourish in the love which fills their homes. Finally, I ended my litany with a prayer of thanksgiving for blessings received. I would not have known what to request for these parents-to-be if I had not been blessed with the same.

As the nurse escorted me to the examination room, I remembered a similar walk from several decades ago. The moment the doctor confirmed my pregnancy, I fell in love with my baby. Such are the hearts of parents. They are fashioned to love their children no matter what. Did you know that God’s heart works the same way?

Loving God, bless all parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles and the children whom they love. Let them know that you love us even more than we love one another.

©2015 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

A Parent’s Love

We give thanks to God always for all of you,
remembering you in our prayers…

From 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5

On this date more than six decades ago, a perfectly beautiful baby boy emerged from his mother’s womb -her first child. Childbirth in the 1940s differed greatly from our experience today. Mothers often received anesthesia before giving birth and as a result did not see their newborns until hours later. In this case, the umbilical cord wrapped around this little ones neck caused irreparable damage which took his life within three hours. This young mother never saw her living child. Her husband arranged for his little son’s burial while his heartbroken wife recuperated in the hospital.

I met this couple when their son would have been twenty-six years old. Though time had dulled their initial heartbreak, the sting of this loss remained with them. Though their two younger sons had brought them much joy, they continued to long for the joy of watching their eldest son grow into manhood.

Such are the hearts of parents. They are fashioned to love their children no matter what. Did you know that God’s heart works the same way?

Loving God, bring comfort today to all parents who struggle with the loss of a child. You understand their pain better than they understand it themselves. Let them know that they are loved, Dear God. Let them and all of us know.

©2013 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved