Silent Vigil

Psalm 139:13-18. Praise God for the way He has intricately woven your baby together, first in your womb, and now outside of it. Thank Him for the opportunity to watch His hand at work. Thank Him for forming all of your child’s days in His book, long before they took their first breath! Be comforted that He has a plan for them and is in control.

I have just returned from visiting my daughter and son in law. My daughter gave birth at 34 weeks to preemie twins. It certainly was not what any of us expected. My visit was delayed until they came home from the hospital. I finally traveled to Georgia when my granddaughter came home, leaving her brother still in the NICU; he just wasn’t strong enough to come home yet. I didn’t realize that for almost the 2 weeks I was there, I would be going daily to the hospital to be with my grandson. I quickly found out what an exhausting job this is. I’m sure unless you have been through it, you just can’t understand. I had no idea how hard it would be. It’s quiet in the NICU, as little babies are trying to grow. Parents keep silent vigils, leaning over cribs, talking and praying with their babies. Everyone seemed tense and tired. The nurses were great, for the most part. You really wanted to get to know the nurses you would be intrusting to nurture your baby when you couldn’t be there. Walking out at night and leaving that tiny little guy in that room was hard on me, I cannot imagine what my daughter was going through. He was really doing okay, we were lucky; he just had to get strong enough to eat. There are many preemie babies going through a lot more than and we were grateful his problems were small. Dinner was usually eaten at 8:30 or 9:00 without much energy or enthusiasm. And every day we got up and repeated the day. One day I just placed my hand on that tiny little head and prayed to God to help him get stronger so we could bring him home. And finally he started making progress and at last they declared him ready to go home. What joy and relief.

It is pretty amazing what God can do, but I would strongly encourage all of you to remember these parents of preemies. They are going through a lot and they are exhausted. Remember to let them know you are praying for them; take them a meal or two or three. Your support is more important than you can ever imagine. And I can attest, as the Psalms said, God certainly did intricately create two beautiful little miracles.

Meet Brooks and Elle!

TwinsHave a wonderful week,

Julie