Scripture: Jesus’ cry from the cross–“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” 

Along with the rest of the world, I grieve for little Charlie Gard and his parents. This precious little boy, so full of love and promise, has been given no hope for life.

We too lost a baby several years ago.  My husband’s son Clifford and his wife Suzie had welcomed their second son into their life.  Little Ronnie was diagnosed with acute erithrocytic leukemia at five months and admitted to the pediatric ward of John Sealy Hospital in Galveston.

Life was halted while every thought and prayer were focused on the needs of the sick baby. All tensions and animosities were left far behind.  Every family member turned our attention and our hearts to the tiny figure in the hospital crib, wailing with the pain he could not understand.

It surely must have torn his mother’s heart out to have her baby’s hands tied to the crib’s railing to keep him from pulling out the intravenous needles inserted nhis little veins. His eyes begged her to pick him up and comfort him and to take the pain away. His only chance at life was for her to let him lie there so the medicine could do its work.

At another time, in another place, another Parent had to turn His face away from His Child’s agony in order to bring life. When I visualize the cross of Jesus, the misety that Suzie endured during those awful days always comes to mind.

 

 

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