I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have it all figured it out. While my faith guides my life, there are certain Scriptures that I look at and wonder what does that mean? This is one of those Scriptures. Whenever I’ve crossed it there was a question mark. What does this look like in our everyday world?
My dear friends have an eight year old child in hospice. Recently, hospital staff visited to make impressions of his hands and feet. These molds capture the size of a small child who will be greatly missed. They represent precious hands and feet that have been held and kissed for eight years. They are permanent mementos of a much loved child to parents whose arms will soon be empty.
Now I get it.
Since Sam has been born, my friends have dedicated their life to caring for him. They’ve not only met all of his physical needs, but they’ve rallied around him in love and cheered him on as he defied one odd after another.
From sun up to sun down, they’ve been flexible with their schedule to make sure that Sam is happy and thriving before doing anything for themselves. And, that is the way that they wanted it. Sam’s life has brought them so much joy and to be chosen to be his parents has been a 24/7 experience that they’ve both welcomed and cherished.
But as Sam’s body is deteriorating, they are trusting God and letting him go even though everything in them wants him here.
In recent years I’ve wept over the words of MckMama and Angie Smith who also chose life for their babies diagnosed with life-threatening challenges in utero, but I’ve not lived this until now.
Frankly, my friends could choose to be selfish. They could try to medically fight the inevitable, or refuse to let others hold Sam, or make it about them and their happiness, but they aren’t. Rather, they are celebrating Sam’s life and finding comfort in the healing power of Heaven.
I’m privileged to write this tribute in honor of their ministry that shines through even in the darkest of days.
My eyes are opened, friends. Look around you. Every day, in a multitude of ways, people are sacrificing earthly contentment to live out Christ-like love.
Shared at A Holy Experience