Today's Devotional Thought
June 05, 2013 by Rachel Piferi
I logged onto Facebook yesterday and saw that a friend of mine had posted an article about Washington state Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler. I honestly don't know what made me click on it because I don't often open those links and I do not know this Congresswoman, but the brief article gripped my heart and I knew instantly why God led me to open it.
In the article, I learned that the Congresswoman was pro-life and I learned that she and her husband were expecting their first child. I learned that they had recently received news that their unborn baby had problems with her kidneys and that the baby was likely not going to survive. I also read how this couple is choosing to continue with their pregnancy and how they are praying for a miracle.
In this article, a note from the couple was printed. The note read...
A few weeks ago Daniel and I excitedly announced that we are expecting our first baby later this fall. This post is to let you know about a sharp turn our journey has taken.
At a recent, routine ultrasound appointment we received the difficult news that our baby has a serious medical condition called Potter's Syndrome. Potter's Syndrome (or Potter's Sequence) is abnormally low amniotic fluid caused by impaired kidney function which inhibits normal lung development and is often fatal. We have had a second opinion and the medical diagnosis was consistent with the initial news: there is no medical solution available to us. We are praying for a miracle.
We don't know what the future holds for our family, but we ask for your prayers and appreciate the privacy a family needs in such circumstances. According to the medical information and advice we've received, I will be able to continue to balance the responsibilities of an expectant mother with serving as your representative in Congress.
~Daniel and Jaime
As I read her words, my heart broke for her. I was taken back 5 years in my own journey where we faced the same news. I remembered those awful days just following Isabella's diagnosis where we cried and prayed and questioned and mourned.
And I vividly remember the decision that we made to continue with the pregnancy too, the peace we felt about our decision, and how we just prayed for a miracle.
Today, I am asking that you join me in prayer for Congresswoman Beutler. I know the emotions she is going through right now and I ask that you pray for strength in this piece of her journey. I ask that you pray that she feels the Lord so close because he is the only one who will be able to calm her spirit and give her a peace in these months. I ask that you pray for a miracle for this little baby if it is God's will. And I ask that you pray that this couple will rest in knowing that they just have to walk in obedience to the Lord and he will guide them through this and to whatever it is that the Lord has for them in this experience.
I know that he wants to be so very close and so very real to them through this. And I know that he has so much good for them in this waiting. I know it because I lived it. In the worst days of my life, I experienced the most good. And I experienced the most good because God was right in the middle of it. I pray more than anything that they seek him and his will for them on this piece of their journey.
Lord, bring strength and comfort to this couple as they walk through this valley. And Lord, if it is your will, heal this baby and perform a miracle. We know you can. But we also know that if you choose not to, that you have a plan. A good plan. May they rest in that today. May they seek your face. And may they find strength for the journey...