Sunday, March 2, 2008

The Chosen Mothers

Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice and planning, a few by social pressures, and a couple by habit. Did you ever wonder how mothers of children with a life threatening illness are chosen? Somehow, I visualize God hovering over earth selecting His instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As He observes, He instructs His angels to make notes in a giant ledger..."Beth Armstrong, son, Patron Saint Matthew""Marjorie Forrest, daughter, Patron Saint Cecilia""Carrie Rutledge, twins, Patron Saint Gerard."Finally, He passes a name to an angel and says, "Give her a child with cancer. "The angel is curious. "Why this one, God? She's so happy." "Exactly," smiles God, "Could I give a child with cancer a mother who does not know laughter? That would be cruel." "But, does she have patience?" asks the angel. "I don't want her to have too much patience or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wears off, she will handle it. I watched her today," said God. "She has that feeling of self-independence that is so rare and necessary in a mother. You see, the child I'm going to give her has it's own world. She will have to make it live in her world and that's not going to be easy." "But Lord, I don't think she believes in you," said the angel."No worries, I can fix that. This mother is the perfect choice. She has just enough selfishness." The angel gasps, "Selfishness? Is that a virtue?" God nods. "If she can't separate herself from this child occasionally, she'll never survive. Yes, here is the woman I will bless with a child less than perfect. She doesn't realize it yet, but she is to be envied. She will never take anything her child does for granted. She will never consider a single step just ordinary. I will permit her to see clearly the things I see... ignorance, cruelty, prejudice... and allow her to rise above them." "And what about her patron saint," asks the angel with his pen poised in mid-air. God smiles and says..."A mirror will suffice." -Erma Bombeck

I got this from Amy, Kaden and Ava's glad you posted it Amy! It makes me feel that much more blessed to of had such a special little angel in my life!


Kaden and Ava's mommy said...

I know, I loved it!!! I also love the picture. It is absolutely helps that there are two beautiful girls in it. Jason is one lucky guy to be surrounded by beauty!!! You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I hope everything is going well for you all. Take care. Love, Amy

Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

The picture made it even more beautiful than the words could ever be!

Anonymous said...

I love it. It is so beautiful along with your picture. He picked the perfect Mom for angel Gabi. You & Jason are two incredible amazing people.

Love you,

Anonymous said...

How sweet! Laurie

Pam said...

That picture is so beautiful. Gabi is the most beautiful angel in heaven.

You guys have touched me beyond words. I am sitting here in tears missing a baby that I never met, but feel like I have known forever.

You are amazing Micah, and we love you guys.


Pam and Rhett

Isabella said...

Well first off I want to say thank you so much for coming and spending the afternoon with me. I am so glad we got to hang out one last time before I left town. Second, I just saw all of the wonderful pics on myspace. So of course I cried!! BIG SURPRISE!! They were absolutely breath taking. Also, I beleive everything about that poem is true.
Missing you already

Kitty, Nathanael's Mom said...

This picture moves me to tears each time I look at it. It is the most poignant beautiful photograph I have ever seen. You are so lucky to have had such a beautiful child in your life and now such a beautiful angel watching over you. I miss her..though we never met..I miss her.