Recently I’ve been writing a picture book for Hannah about her heart journey. It’ll be the way we share with Hannah a little about her surgeries as a baby and why she gets so tired now.
It’s been harder than I expected, as I process my own emotions and memories of the experience, and think about how to love her in the words and photos I choose.
But seeing how far she’s come fills me with so much thankfulness and joy. Most of the book focuses on the skills she’s learnt and the things she enjoys, because of the help the doctors have given her to grow big and strong.
One thing I’ve chosen to include at the end is a paraphrase of Psalm 23 from Hannah’s favourite kids Bible, the Jesus Storybook Bible. Here it is…
God is my Shepherd
And I am his little lamb.
He feeds me
He guides me
He looks after me.
I have everything I need.
Inside, my heart is very quiet.
As quiet as lying still in soft green grass
In a meadow
By a little stream.
Even when I walk through
the dark scary, lonely places
I won’t be afraid
Because me Shepherd knows where I am.
He is here with me
He keeps me safe
He rescues me
He makes me strong
He is getting wonderful things ready for me
Especially for me
Everything I ever dreamed of!
He fills my heart of full of happiness
I can’t hold it all inside.
Wherever I go I know
God’s Never Stopping
Never Giving Up
Always and Forever
Will go, too!
You can read the usual version of Psalm 23 here.
Please pray for…
- Hannah’s upcoming specialist appointments with new doctors she hasn’t met before.
- Patience loving each other, particularly when Hannah gets tired quickly and probably feels a bit miserable but doesn’t know why.
- Hannah’s and our hope and comfort to be in Jesus, the Good Shepherd who sustains and protects us all.