“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you” – Jeremiah 1:5
I always loved that passage from scripture but how much more meaning it has when I look at my newborn daughters- actually all three daughters.
While Lily was growing in the womb over 3 years ago, I didn’t know her, yet I loved her. She was heaven sent. Upon her birth, to see a part of myself in my own child’s eyes was nothing short of a miracle. All of the science and medicine I had learned could not fully explain what I witnessed at her birth, or three days ago when God brought two more miracles into this world.
After Lily’s first year on this Earth, she lost both of her great-grandmothers in less than a 2 month time frame. Our families suffered an immense loss. One year later… along came news of Scarlett and Violet. I couldn’t help but feel that God blessed us with two girls for a reason; a reason which reason could not understand.
Yesterday I stood watch over them in their bassinets, in the same exact hospital room where Lily was born. I decided to place Scarlett and Violet in the same bassinet. I stared at them, in awe, realizing a love that no words could possibly explain. No words, only God.
Yes before God formed them in the womb He held them, He knew them. He shows us that His love transcends life and death- extends from one world into the next. If the love that these two girls brought from God’s light (and that Lily brought at birth), if that’s the closest to Heaven I’ll see in this life, then I cannot begin to imagine what possibly awaits us after our journey on Earth. God’s love envelops us all, even though we might not look closely enough to notice it in our daily lives.
The love that I felt for my daughters before I knew them, now that I see all three before me, indeed that love is eternal – a bond formed before the eyes of God.
As a father, I may be searching for words here. No words can elucidate what I feel, but I think that 1 Corinthians 13 might. Its more than just “the wedding scripture”. If one reads beyond the familiar (and I do so as a both Catholic and a physician) we learn that Gods love defies nature’s laws. Love never dies.
“Love never fails…. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears…Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”
To look into the eyes of newborns is to see the face of God and understand His promise for us. I don’t need to hear His voice to know that He IS. The love before me today in my three daughters cannot be perceived by the eyes, only felt by my heart.
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