Babies, Blessings, and Brotherly Love

As some of you may know, I have recently had the joy of becoming a mother.  The last few weeks have been the roller-coaster of emotions that come with caring for a newborn baby…the joy of seeing the first smile, the misery of being awakened at all hours of the night, the cuteness of a little face gazing up at you from your arms, and the inability to leave the house without three hours of planning ahead and at least 2 bags of stuff.

However, the last few weeks have unexpectedly gifted me with a special love for others, and not just for my new child.

I recently read the book “Half the Sky” which enlightens its readers about the struggles women face across the globe, one struggle being maternal mortality.  I read story after story of women who struggled through childbirth without access to medicine and care that we take for granted.  Women would spend days in labor without result and then have to ride the bus to a nearby city only to be rejected medical care.  Needless to say, many lives are lost or destroyed by lack of access to medical care.  My child was delivered by c-section (thankfully I knew ahead of time this would be the case).  This form of delivery brings its own mix of emotions for most women, especially if it is unexpected.  Going into the surgery, all I could think of were the women who did not have access to the kind of medical care I was about to receive.

One of the first things a baby needs in life (besides food) is diapers.  Call me naive, but wow they are expensive!  As my husband and I were purchasing a few boxes and discussing just how many diapers a baby will use in it’s life, I thought about all the people in just my local community who are unable to afford such a luxury.  My town is not unique in the fact that it has a great organization that supports young mothers with baby necessities, and I had a deeper understanding of the organization’s importance.  I was filled with an urgent longing to empty my bank account buying diapers for these families who need them!

When I think about all I am blessed with, it fills me with the desire to give to others.  God has given us so many things we take for granted – the ability to financially support ourselves, access to medical care, food, clothing, shelter, family, friends, and so much more.  I pray that your thankfulness for all of God’s blessings inspires you to serve and give to others.

“If we have all we need and see one of our own people in need, we must have pity on that person, or else we cannot say we love God. Children, you show love for others by truly helping them, and not merely by talking about it.”  1 John 3:17-18 (CEV)

As I return to work, I look forward to working along side you and your churches in your ministry to those in need locally and throughout the world.  Let’s do more than just talk about it!

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