Full of Boys

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99 Balloons April 15, 2008

Filed under: Church,Faith,Me — fullofboys @ 7:00 am

If you are prone to cry easily, I beg you, grab a Kleenex. You will need it.

I wrote yesterday that I saw a video at church. I want you to watch it first, then I will tell you how it impacted me.

I want to tell you I did not cry. I had tears in my eyes but I found myself in a sense of awe rather than sadness. There was something beautiful about a mom and dad that found themselves in love with a child they knew would not live the perceived common life. There was a simple joy that found it’s way into the father’s words. I am not saying it was always happiness but you could feel peace. I was mesmerized by a wife who became a hero to her husband as she cared for their son. I found myself in awe of how God created this family full of unconditional love. I also found myself humbled. Sometimes I think of my first year with Silas and the issues we went through with him. In that moment, it seemed overwhelming. Yet, I see this couple and I am reminded that we have been blessed…three times! We have three wonderful healthy and active little boys. Yes, they are loud. Sure, our schedules can be busy. But, they are miracles.
Did you hear him when he said “an undeveloped lung, a heart with a hole in it and DNA that placed faulty information in to each and every cell in your body could not stop God from revealing himself through a child that never uttered a word”. Stop, read that again. I move and talk. I am almost 27 years old and I wonder, how has God revealed himself through me? Am I a living example of Christ? I wonder, how many times do I walk through life focused on me or on my circumstances. Honestly, it is much more than I would like to admit.
I never met Eliot, or his family. Yet, whether they will ever know it, they have impacted me in a way that words can not explain. They have challenged my heart as a mom but they have also caused me to strive to be more like Christ every moment! To the Mooney family, thank you for the bravery to share your story.

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One Response to “99 Balloons”

  1. This was tremendously moving and the story has been in my heart, too, since we viewed it at church. I had the same reaction, Jenn, as I did a gut check and asked myself, “Am I focused of the right things?” It’s always good for me to reevaluate my priorities and stop to be thankful for everything – and I mean everything. I sent the video link to all of my non-Christian friends and family across the country knowing the Mooney family is an amazing witness for Christ and a testament to savoring every precious moment.
    Also, thanks for stepping in as Children’s Director at Dickson – you’re an amazing leader and I know the entire community there will be immensely blessed by your servant’s heart!


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