Little Peaches has been very ill and I have spent the most grace-filled hours holding and consoling her. Sickness is a suffering, for sure, and I have been very anxious about this particular malady, but it is impossible to ignore the blessing of holding and caring for my baby. The photo above is during one of our long nights, crying together and hoping for the reprieve of sleep.
I am very tired. I am very worried. My back is cramping up from the constant sitting. But my heart is swelling and overflowing with the sweetness of this little girl's life. Normally, I would be passing her back and forth among the other children and bustling about. For the past few days, I've pretty much just been sitting and loving her. I can complain about the illness which is causing her so much pain but I cannot complain about the opportunity to love this way.
This illness has confounded me and made me cry. I am the mother of 7 and I still am confused and worried and floundering. But it has not stolen joy. And that is not any great work of mine, but of grace alone.
By the way, Thank you so much to all who saw my prayer request on personal and Blossoming Joy Facebook pages and generously responded. God bless you!
Another minor benefit to my baby's fever is that I find that I can unexpectedly participate in Sarah's Chesterton link-up when I was sure before that I could not. I thought about adding my own thoughts to his words but really, it's a little tough to expound on the words of a man who already pretty much nailed it!
So here is a little Chesterton that I thought relevant to the moment....
"Pessimism is not in being tired of evil but in being tired of good. Despair does not lie in being weary of suffering, but in being weary of joy. It is when for some reason or other the good things in society no longer work that the society begins to decline; when its food does not feed, when its cures do not cure, when its blessings refuse to bless." ~ G. K. Chesterton (The Everlasting Man)
Linking up with Sarah at Amongst Lovely Things for Weekends with Chesterton.