Monday, February 2, 2015

In the Arms of Jesus Now


"For it was You who created my inward parts
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.
Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well.
My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret,
when I was formed in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw me when I was formless;  all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began."
Psalms 139: 13-16

My heart is grieving.  Our team is grieving.  Our Baby Hope has passed away.  

Our Baby Hope who we love so dearly, who captured our hearts with her hard-earned smile.  This one whose giggle was like the sweetest music ever.  This one who we have prayed for, longed for, fought for...

...is in the arms of Jesus now.

She no longer lies in her crib the corner, halfway around the world, 
seemingly forgotten.
Her legs are no longer lifeless and limp.
She no longer cries when touched or held.

So, through our tears, we rejoice.

Knowing that she is healed and home.
Knowing that her body is now whole.
Knowing we will see her again one day soon.

I have such a deep, profound gratitude that the Lord allowed me to be part of her life, even for such a brief time.

She is loved, she is valued, she is remembered.
I am thankful that she is known and that she will be mourned.

If ever I would doubt whether it is worth "going"
all I have to do is remember my Baby Hope.

She was worth it all.

I will never forget you, my sweet Baby Girl.  
So so glad you are with your Daddy now.  
I'll see you soon.

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"So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy."