Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Glimpsing A Widow's Story: The Call

I hope your heart will warm as mine did when I read this from my friend Courtney. She didn't intend for it to be a poem, but it sounded poetic to me so I gently arranged the lines of her words so you could slow down your pace and remember, perhaps, the day you also got "the call." How has life changed for you since then? Do you think that someday you too, will begin to no longer dread the jangle of the phone and it's news? And maybe... even anticipate... some news of life?  
The Call
The call to some,
myself included,
the call came that changed everything.
The call that brought news of an accident,
that something went wrong.
The call that shakes the ground you stand on and your legs give out.
My call was 29 months ago.
That one call caused anxiety and panic for months everytime the phone rang
as i anticipated more bad news,
more sadness,
more tragedy.

But then,
after 29 months,
i began to wait for the phone to ring.
I waited for the call of a little one who needed me
to stand in the gap and love them,
care for them,
and teach them.
I was waiting for a life giving call,
no longer a life taking call.
In the days of waiting for a little one, i realized how beautifully God was redeeming and restoring... what once brought panic now brings anticipation, what once brought news of death now brings life and a new beginning. 
It is with much gratefulness and humility i can say I GOT THE CALL! And now i have the blessing of caring for sweet baby "B",who was born on Christmas day. This is a journey that has stretched me in more ways than i know but watching the way God moves in the unknown and the waiting has revealed his grace,sovereignty and faithfulness more than i deserve.   ~ Courtney F.

P.S. Courtney, Your words today remind me of what happened to another widow...
Then the women of the town said to Naomi, “Praise the Lord, who has now provided a redeemer for your family! May this child be famous in Israel. May he restore your youth and care for you in your old age. For he is the son of your daughter-in-law who loves you and has been better to you than seven sons!”
Naomi took the baby and cuddled him to her breast. And she cared for him as if he were her own.
Ruth 4:14-16 (New Living Translation) 

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