I've been doing a lot of contemplating this week--about, among other things, the fact that my baby girl turns three tomorrow! She's such a sweet addition to our family, and I'm so thankful God blessed our lives with her.
But to me, the fact that Gracelyn is turning three is a bigger deal than even a Curious George cake can symbolize. After Gracelyn came through her surgery a few months ago, I remember going to a bathroom stall and praising God for one more day with my little girl. When we didn't know what was wrong with her, I didn't even know how many of her birthdays we would celebrate. And yet, HERE WE ARE!
A couple weeks ago, Gaylord preached from John 9 about Jesus healing the man born blind. The disciples questioned Jesus, asking, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
Jesus answered, (and I LOVE this!), "Neither this man nor his parents sinned but this happened so that the glory of God might be displayed in him."
At the beginning of our journey, I was like the disciples. I asked, "Why me?" "Why Gracelyn?" "Why our family?"
The answer is simple, yet profound. Gracelyn was born with spherocytosis so God's GLORY could be displayed in her life, in my life, and in my family's life.
So, that said, "Thank you God for the gift of my daughter. We praise you and love you, and we are so thankful for very special birthdays!"