Our daughter Bess is due next weekend. Seems like we’ve waited a long time for Baby Number Two – and now all of sudden it’s time! I don’t why I have to be ready but I feel like I do. And how exactly am I supposed to ready myself? Third grandchild. Second child of my daughter and son-in-law. We’ve been down this road before. We’re experienced. And yet this morning I was praying for Bess and Baby and I remembered how excited we were when our third child was born.
I’ll never forget the nurse in the hospital that thought Blake was our first child because we were so happy. And how much her surprise at finding out he was our third disturbed me. Oh sure, there’s some stuff we thought we knew but we didn’t know him and we hadn’t ever had three children before. And maybe it was just a little bit scary but it was wonderful! How could we not be excited?
Bess is ready. Travis is ready. The nursery is ready. Anna is as ready as a two year old can be (her going to Nana & Pawpaw’s suitcase is packed). All necessary preparations have been made. We’re all prepared. But babies have a funny way of changing the rules. They come when they’re ready. They sometimes come with a roar. They sometimes come with a whimper. But Baby will come and be loved and our lives will be filled with more joy.
I’m out of town right now and I feel a little anxious about Baby arriving while I’m gone. As if she or he needs me to be there. I guess it’s selfish but I want to be there and see that face and meet that little person that will change our lives and win our hearts – yes it’s been done before but not like this and not with this little individual. God continues to bless us. I just want to be there to give thanks.
Here’s my prayer:
All loving God,
Hear my prayer for my daughter Bess who awaits the birth of her child. She has cooperated with you in giving life. Assist her as she prepares to give birth to her baby. May she be filled with your peace and blessing so that she may bring her child into this world safely and in good health.
My prayer is also that all babies could be loved as much as I know this one will be.