When it came time for Benjamin to arrive, there were the usual hours of labor. But his little heart wasn’t staying strong. The usual monitors were put into use but he just wasn’t finding his way. Anna was prepped for an emergency C-section now totally physically exhausted. As her little son was delivered there was no sound. He did not cry. He didn’t move. He didn’t breath. Physically and emotionally spent Anna and Scott watched as a team took their little son away to his own corner of the room and fought to help him take his first breath. Thank God for modern science! Thank God for miracles. Thanks God for having tender mercy on this little family.
My volunteer work puts me in hospitals rooms where that scene has played out and it wasn’t part of God’s plan to put the breath of life into sweet babies. Sometimes in spite of all that can be done, and all of the prayers, some little ones don’t get to go home in their mother’s arms.
But Benjamin is here! What a miracle a breath can be. I am so happy that Anna and Scott were one of the lucky ones. When I look at this portrait of their perfect little family I am so thankful to know their “story”. It renews my faith, makes me cry a little, but more than anything makes my heart pound with gratitude.