Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Mother's Hope

I have been reminded lately of the fragility of life, of a mother's love, and of the hope we have in Him.  I have been brought to my knees for a woman I never met, cried tears of anguish for her broken heart and sat motionless resting in Him with thanks for all I have.
Today is my birthday and so I was thinking of all the things I am thankful for. Each day we lift up our children in prayer, we pray for their safety as they go out to work and on the roads, and their families and we pray for children around the world. During prayer this morning, I thought about the mothers of children like Lovely and Erikson. Two treasures in heaven, that only had a short time on earth, and their mother's pain as they buried their sweet infant child. We often question God's healing when He calls the littlest of them home. We question if there was anything more that could have been done. I understood the need to pray for the mothers of these wee babes, because above all else I don't know what else to do.
I have been blessed to be part of the incredible staff at GLA, God's Littlest Angels in Haiti. The missionary staff, the national staff, all going above and beyond to care for critical babies in the south of Haiti. What a gift that they give to these mothers when they arrive pleading for help. With humble hearts, and quick medical intervention these tiny babies are cared for medically, the mothers are prayed with and hearts all over the world are interceding on behalf of the fragile lives. Recently God showed me a side of this process that I had not understood as  one of the intercessors. I seldom prayed for the mothers. As a mother I should have seen it. As a mother that went into labour at 25 weeks and spent two months praying for the life I was carrying, I should of understood what it meant to these women in Haiti that delivered babies early. Kelsey was born at 34 weeks and we were so thankful of the extra time she had to develop, but this  doesn't happen in Haiti, the majority of women in Haiti deliver their precious babies early. Praise the Lord they have somewhere to go with the facilities and medical knowledge to give their babies a fighting chance. "But" here is the but, they not only bring their babes to a medical environment they bring their babies to a loving environment. Each fragile little person has a mother, waiting, scared and wondering. A mother that would do anything to have her baby healthy, thriving. A mother that needed to come to GLA because there someone cared.  They fed her, allowed her to stay and bond with her baby, and to be prayed for. In Lovely and Erikson's stories the ending is not happily ever after with mom here on earth but happily ever after with a loving Daddy in heaven, free from struggling for breath, free from pokes and machines. Now as you read it, you imagine my heart break for the mother's that walk away knowing they did everything they could, and still God called their baby home, for the staff that shares a word, a prayer. A mother that against all odds made her way to GLA, and a mother that with tears and a broken heart knows the dignity and compassion that was showered upon her as she walked away. Erikson's mom had lost three other babies, this was her fourth, because she was born in Haiti and I was born in Canada? Another blog but why I was born here and not there...could I trade places and carry her burden for a  day, for a instant. I ache her for loss, I will not forget the mothers.  I will continue to pray for those at GLA that each day face difficult decisions, impossible odds and continue some days with weary hearts to walk out God's plan and purpose  I will hug Kelsey for these moms today, and try not to tear up, for His mercy has shown me something new.   In Romans 15 v 13, we are told about a God of hope, today I pray for the mothers all over the world that have lost their babies. I pray this verse over you.

Romans 15:13 (New International Version, 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Ròm 15:13 (Haitian Creole Version) 13¶ Mwen mande Bondye ki bay espwa a pou l' fè kè nou kontan nèt, pou l' fè kè nou poze ak konfyans nou gen nan li a. Se konsa espwa nou va toujou ap grandi ak pouvwa Sentespri a.

Romans 15:13 (Maori Bible)13 Na, ma te Atua, nana nei te tumanako, e whakaki koutou ki te hari katoa, ki te rangimarie, i runga i te whakapono, kia hua ai to koutou tumanako, i runga i te kaha o te Wairua Tapu.
Bréf Páls til Rómverja 15:13 (Icelandic Bible)13Guð vonarinnar fylli yður öllum fögnuði og friði í trúnni, svo að þér séuð auðugir að voninni í krafti heilags anda.
Warumi 15:13 (Swahili New Testament)13Mungu wa tumaini awajaze ninyi furaha na amani katika kumwamini, ili kwa nguvu ya Roho Mtakatifu, mpate kuwa na tumaini tele.
15:13 (Chinese Union Version (Traditional))13 使 滿 使
Римляни 15:13 (Ukrainian Bible)13 Бог же надії нехай вас наповнить усякою радістю й миром у вірі, щоб ви збагатились надією, силою Духа Святого!
Romanos 15:13 (João Ferreira de Almeida Atualizada)13Ora, o Deus de esperança vos encha de todo o gozo e paz na vossa fé, para que abundeis na esperança pelo poder do Espírito Santo.
15:13 (Arabic Life Application Bible)
 13 فَلْيَمْلَأْكُمْ إِلهُ الرَّجَاءِ كُلَّ فَرَحٍ وَسَلاَمٍ فِي إِيمَانِكُمْ حَتَّى تَزْدَادُوا رَجَاءً بِقُوَّةِ الرُّوحِ القُدُ

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