Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Prayers & Very Special Gift

Prayer Updates:
Kennedy is in the hospital and is REALLY not doing well according to her mom. She has a lump on the side of her incision and has an infection 'somewhere.' The doctors are talking about needing to take her halo off as they don't want her getting septic.
Emma's OHS went well. She has a long road of recovery ahead of her. Her mom asks for prayers that she is able to come off of the vent (today) and to not need the pacemaker.

Thank you Renee for your Monday Moments for Down syndrome. I really liked this one:

Very Special Gift
By S. Guevara

Once upon a time, three angels were busily working in the miracle factory. They were responsible for wrapping up all the little miracles and sending them on their way. Normally they wrapped each one in bright, sturdy paper with big, shiny ribbons. They stamped it with a delivery date and away it would go to the parents who eagerly awaited its arrival. Things usually ran pretty smoothly.

One day, however, down the conveyor belt came a little miracle that made the angels pause.
"Oh my," said the first angel "this one's uhm...well...different."
"Yes, he is unique" said the second angel.
"Well I think he is quite special," said the first angel "but I don't think he will quite fit our standard wrapping procedures."
And the second angel added, "And we know he's special, but will everyone else?"
"Not a problem," said the third angel "obliviously a special miracle deserves extra special wrapping; and of course we'll send him off with our most heartfelt blessings. Then everyone will see how special he is."
"What a wonderful idea!" replied the others.

So they searched the shelves high and low for their finest paper, and their most delicate ribbons. When they were done, they stood back and admired their work.
"Beautiful!" they all agreed.
"Now for our blessings," said the third angel "for it is time for him to go."
"I will bless him with innocence and happiness," said the first angel.
"And I will bless him with strength to face the many challenges that lie ahead," said the second angel.
"And I will bless him with an inner beauty that will shine on all who look upon him," said the third angel.

Before sending him off, the third angel, who was very wise, gently tucked a note inside.

And it said:

Dear Parents,
Today you have received a very special gift.
It may not be what you were expecting,
And you may be disappointed, angry and hurt.
But please know that he comes with many blessings,
And, while there may be pain, he will bring you much joy
He will take you in a very difficult journey,
But you will meet many wonderful people.
He will teach you patience and understanding
And make you reach deep inside yourselves to find a source of strength and faith you never knew you had.
He will enrich your lives,
And will touch the hearts of all who meet him.
He may be fragile,
But he has great inner strength.
So please handle him with care,
Give him lots of attention,
Shower him with hugs and kisses,
Love him with all your heart,
And he will blossom before your eyes.
His spirit will shine like the brightest star for all to see,
And you will know that you are truly blessed.


Mommy to those Special Ks said...

Thanks for praying for Kennedy!! I'm glad you liked the MM. That one is one of my favs! :)

Anonymous said...

Special gifts sent from up above:) Filled with joy and lots of love! Here on earth we will be. Sending and spreading warm thoughts, prayers and love for Emma, and Kennedy! Hopeing that all goes well for both you little girls, and keep your chins up parents. God Bless, Liz Poyner. Sister of Jennifer Schrad.

JRS said...

mommy to those special ks-
Yes, we continue to pray, especially when that halo comes off.

You're such a good sister!