Thursday, August 27, 2009
I know this picture may be a little "off" because it is actually a picture of a picture. Strange, I know, but I wanted to share this sweet gift that a dear friend of mine sent to me just before we left for Mayo. It is a picture frame that says, "We are surrounded by miracles." The picture inside is of William several days after his CI surgery. Michael and I were removing his bandages while he was sleeping (great idea, Daddy).
I post this because it is nice to remember the miracles all around us. Michael and I have 9 beautiful miracles walking the earth, soon there will be 10. The gift of life is a wondrous miracle. The gift of eternal life is the ultimate miracle.
I am somewhat melancholy today, therefore I am sitting here reminding myself of all the things I am thankful for. I have been reading on the web, which has put me in this somewhat disheartened mood. Two things I've been reading about lately: 1) deaf people against CIs for anyone, and 2) a deaf-mute boy badly beaten up at school by 10 others. My post would be far too long to tell all that my heart holds at this time, but it is broken for this poor soul. I can't imagine my precious William having to face such a cruel world. How can even the most grievous of souls have absolutely no compassion? What thoughts must have been going through that poor boy's head? In what condition is his precious heart? Does he know that he is loved and cherished and important? Does he know that God has a purpose for his life? My heart is aching for this dear boy.
And for those against CIs, I understand the point that there is nothing "wrong" with a deaf person. I agree wholeheartedly. I cannot, however, agree with the idea that parents want to "force" a deaf child into a hearing world for their own comfort or convenience. Loving parents want to offer their children all of the best opportunities and joys. God has given man this wonderful ability to give sound in a silent world. Praise the LORD for His goodness! I am thankful to be able to give William this gift, this ability to hear all the beauty that God has created for him. And he has the added benefit of being able to turn it all off whenever he wants. Biologically we have changed nothing. He is still deaf and he is still wonderfully made.
"As Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him." John 17:2