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I’m on a writing sabbatical for the summer, but this one just kinda showed up.  -mdp-

“If you are slack in the day of distress, your strength is limited.”  Proverbs 24:10, NAS

It’s been a couple of days since the birth of my third grandchild.   Daughter #2 knows how to get‘er done.  Hospital by 7:30am, water broken, Pitocin drip by 8:30am, Epidural at 9:00am, pushing by 12:15pm, crying baby 15 minutes later.  The girl did the same thing with twins on her first go-a-round.  It was like clockwork!  So we do the traditional thing and stand at the thick-glass, watching the nursery aids pull and yank on the new kid for bath time.   All the fingers and toes are in place along with a nice head of dark hair to compliment that beautifully smooth skin.  Most newborns look like miniature, pink, old people.  Our guy is a beauty.  So it’s high fives all around, lots of tears and hugs among the family.  God surely outdid himself this time.  It was quite the show of how our new prince needed to make his entry!  Time to ice the Champagne and toast our little man.  Party on… until she showed up.

“We hear a clicking noise.  We want to keep him in the nursery and have him checked out by one of the specialist.  It could be nothing or it could be a problem.  We need to find out.”  She was uncertain and uncomfortable and we all knew it.  A potential heart issue wasn’t on anyone’s radar.  Every molecule of festive air was sucked out of that room in about 10 seconds.  Fear barged in like he owned the joint!  As quickly as our hearts had leapt when we heard Lewis belch out his first declaration of life, so did our heart sink in that sobering moment.  Grabbing my sobbing daughter’s hand as she shook in her kneeling husband’s chest was almost too much to bear.  All I had, all that any of us had was, “we need to pray!”  I choked out some thing, a few words… not sure what, but it didn’t really matter.  We just needed Him to know that we needed Him.  It wasn’t bold nor grandiose.  Honestly, it was nothing more than the collective groan of our utter distress and fear.

Our story turned out positive.  No issues for our little man and he’s home and doing well.  But, I thought about this passage for a countless number of times in the past 48 hours.  This little incident scared the hell into us.  My family is full of strong and faith-filled warriors, but fear absolutely cold-cocked us for a moment!  Fortunately, we recovered enough to inch closer to Him.  In hindsight, maybe we all should consider the possibility that our prayers, for those who can’t pray for themselves, might be one of the loveliest things that brothers and sisters in Christ do for each other!  People get stuck in pain, stuck in fear and shut down to faith.  I see this differently than I used too.  Religious piousness would make “prayer” or the Bible a fix all to our every problem.  It’s not the ritual we need, but the connection with HIM!  If it’s with prayer… so be it!  So here is the lesson:  flex your strength or someone else’s!  But, do something.  Pray!


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  1. July 25, 2011 at 5:33 am

    mike this is a beautiful story, a grand truth and a precious prince!!!! XOX

  2. matthewlasnyder
    July 25, 2011 at 6:12 am

    great word! and glad the new little warrior’s already swingin’ his sword against fear. fierce little guy!

  3. July 25, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Congrats Mike and everyone! Great thoughts in the blog. He is just the cutest little feller. : )

  4. Kayla
    July 25, 2011 at 7:35 am

    thanks for sharing this Mike! I’ve missed your writing and I love how this stuff bubbles out of you. I’m rejoicing with you guys over this newest little miracle! Love to you all!

  5. Jeremy
    July 25, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Good stuff mp. Thanks for sharing. Congrats Gramps!

  6. July 26, 2011 at 1:37 am

    CONGRATS on grandbaby #3!!!! So happy for you guys. =D

  7. July 26, 2011 at 4:34 am

    CONGRATULATIONS! What a BLESSING! Precious family looks with God’s reflection of His goodness. Kept looking for the great new addition. I can’t wait to see the prince. :)))xo

  8. Bethany Holland
    July 26, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Thank you for sharing with such honesty. You told the story beautifully. And that picture is just full of so much beauty!! Congratulations for this new life!! Love you and praying for your family.

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