In the last trimester of my pregnancy my sister and close friends planned a wonderful afternoon where I gathered with friends and family to celebrate Hannah’s impending arrival.
So much uncertainty lay ahead. When would the baby arrive? Would I be able to give birth naturally, or would a caesarian be needed if the baby became distressed? What would the first hours of our child’s life be like? Would I get to hold her? Would the prenatal diagnosis be correct? Did she have any other health issues the doctors had missed? When would her first surgery go ahead? How would Gus and I cope with the stress, would it bring us closer or push us apart? When would we get to bring our little one home, and what would that be like?
To commit all of those things to God, on that afternoon, my mother in law prayed. Here are her words …
Dear Heavenly Father, Lord of life,
We praise you and rejoice with Sarah as we gather to celebrate the new life she carries within her.
This little baby is already a cherished member of the H and C families so we ask you, Lord, to keep both mother and child safe in these last weeks before his/her birth.
Father, we know that, barring a miracle, this babe will face many challenges from the day he or she is born into this world, and so we ask your protection over Sarah and her baby, that Sarah will have a safe and easy birth, and the babe an uneventful delivery.
We also pray that you will set in place the specialist teams of nurses and doctors that you want to care for them, and that you will oversee the infant’s surgeries and recoveries.
We pray for baby C that he or she will grow to be a strong baby and toddler, unafraid of the battles ahead, hedged in and undergirded by your precious, life sustaining mercies and love.
We thank you for the love that Angus and Sarah have for you, and for each other, and we ask that you will guide them, and grant them every help, to raise this precious child to know you and to love you.
We pray that Angus will be granted everything he needs to support Sarah in these days before birth, and through the birth, and that you will tie cords of love that cannot be broken around father, mother, infant and yourself, joining all together now and forever.
We pray for strength through restless nights;
We pray for patience though difficult days;
We pray for an ever deepening faith in the face of anxieties;
We pray for peace and hope through you in each new day and
We pray for joy in you and in each other.
We also pray, Lord God, For grandparents Lionel and Jen, Robert and Lorraine and step grandparent, Pamela; For sister, Kate;
For Angus and Sarah’s church and wider Christian fellowship and their large family of friends. That you equip us to be ready and willing to serve Angus and Sarah and baby C in whatever capacity they need;
That you make us to be wise in our endeavours for them, considerate, self sacrificing, compassionate and loving, that we work together to make a gentle pathway for this young family.
Above all, we offer our sincere thanks and praise to you who blesses us beyond measure.
May Angus and Sarah receive this child as your precious gift, and raise this child to your glory, and all the while may you keep Angus, Sarah and baby C safe in your loving care, now as they await their babe’s arrival, and also throughout their lives into eternity.
We pray all these things in the name of Jesus Christ your only son, who is our Lord and Saviour. Amen
Our loving heavenly Father has answered our prayers so quickly and kindly.
We have a beautiful, thriving little girl who hardly stops smiling. Her arrival was safe and fairly smooth for both her and myself. She was delivered in the secure walls of the hospital, straight into the hands of capable and caring specialists. Her original diagnosis was confirmed, and her first surgery went ahead quickly. We were able to bring her home a week later after a smooth recovery. She has grown and developed into a content and delightful infant, bringing so much joy to our lives. Her second surgery, despite being delayed a number of times, went ahead successfully and she recovered with only a few small bumps in the road. She has been ably cared for by doctors, nurses and other medical professionals throughout her life. And we have again seen her return to her smiley, wriggly, extroverted self – now sitting well, chuckling, mostly enjoying solids, almost rolling over and she’s got two sharp little teeth!
Throughout everything we have been loved and supported emotionally, practically, prayerfully by countless family and friends.
There’s no doubt that the last 18 months have been the most stressful of our marriage. Becoming parents has certainly been a rollercoaster ride. But, only through God’s strength, Gus and I have grown in our love and trust for each other and our marriage is stronger as a result.
It is hard to put into words how thankful I am for these answered prayers. I am deeply in awe of God’s graciousness and kindness to us. And for his blessing of Hannah, every day she takes my breath away.
That’s not to say every prayer has been answered how we expected, or how we had hoped at the time. And who knows what God has planned for our and Hannah’s future. They might not always be our plans or hopes. But, these months have shown me time and time again that God’s timing, his purpose, his will and his design are perfect.
My heart knows that well.
Please give thanks for…
- Answered prayers and those who have prayed for us
- Hannah’s continued good recovery from surgery
Please pray for…
- Hannah to grow to know and trust Jesus as her Lord and Saviour
- Wisdom for Gus and I as we seek to love and look after her
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18