This is for a beautiful baby boy named Charlie, who just came into this world 3 days ago and is in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, mommy and daddy by his side. I want Charlie and his parents to know that we all hold them tenderly in our hearts and prayers.
And this is for my mom, who is having some surgery tomorrow…for my dad who because of his own health must stay at home and wait…for my sister who is there and will love them through this ordeal…and for all the friends who are there to help and support them.
Then there is my husband, who, as a pastor and on-call chaplain, often goes to the bedside of the mommies and daddies, the parents, the grandparents, meeting them in what can be their best or their worst hour….and finds the courage and wisdom to listen to and comfort them.
We hold you in our hearts, just as we are all held in a Divine Embrace….
(Photo edited in Gimp to make it look like an oil painting)