At the crux of this delivery- after a complete failure of an epidural, hours of crying, some screaming, and a lot of praying, I looked to my doctor with desperation. I begged her to “fix the epidural”, and take away my pain. “Please, can you fix this?” I begged.
She replied- and it wasn’t the answer I wanted to hear. (????)
She said, “You have to deliver this baby. And then it will be over.”
And I did. And it was. And the joy was immeasurable.
As I was pondering what to write about my birth experience, my mind was drawn to that moment where the Savior ALSO begged for relief, saying, “Remove this cup from me.”
But it wasn’t removed. And he delivered us from sin and pain and sorrow.
Birth is more than a physical process to bring babies into the world. It is the ultimate gift. The sacrifice we lay on our altars, as we show our children and the Lord how much we love them.
These words: “I was a stranger, and ye took me in. I was naked, and ye clothed me…
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the LEAST OF THESE… ye have done it unto me.”
These words are EVERYTHING to me, as a mother.
Because, when these little strangers make space in our BODIES, hearts and homes; when we *literally* take them in…
we take Him in.
When we nurture, soothe, hold and care for them…
we care for Him. When we BEAR them through agony, pain, surgery, needles, treatments or loss… He is right there with us saying, “I’ve felt this too. And I did it for you.”
I hope you are able to look at your birth experiences, or adoption experiences, or whatever experience brought your baby into the world, and see HIM.
See His hand, His influence, His sacrifice. And know how deeply He loves you.
We thank you, mama! And so does He. You’ve done something great. ????
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