Monday, November 14, 2011
Grateful for hope.
This is Andrew.
Because of this courageous little guy, I'm learning to pray like I never have before. I'm also learning through Andrew that God is still good and can still be trusted even when life is hard and doesn't make sense.
Andrew (which means "courageous" and "enduring") was born on 11-11-11 to my dear friends Lawrence and Caroline. He was delivered at 26 and a half weeks and weighed 1 lb, 3 oz.
It's been a rough road for my friends. Caroline was hospitalized Nov. 3 because of preeclampsia. I don't know enough to explain exactly what it is but I know it's a condition that was potentially fatal to Caroline and Andrew. The main cure would be to deliver the baby -- a major issue since Andrew was not yet full term.
So, friends and family began praying every day for Andrew to remain inside Caroline for just ONE MORE DAY of growth. Every extra day in the womb was gold for Andrew. God gave eight extra days.
It's made me cry every time Andrew and Caroline have passed a milestone. It's deepened my faith because it's a constant reminder that God sees and God hears.
It's also been so neat to see how community have surrounded my friends and their family and are caring for them -- whether it's doing yard work, bringing them meals, or showing up at the University of Tennessee Medical Center on random evenings to pray in the lobby of the delivery wing.
Above all, we hope with them. As Andrew goes through ups and downs in the UT Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, we hope with them. As Caroline and Lawrence face a future of uncertainty, we hope with them. We hope because our confidence is in God who delights in his children and delights to show himself faithful over and over again.
"We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." - Romans 5:3-5
Read more about Caroline, Lawrence and Andrew here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/carolinechermely.