Such instances are not a first for me. Moments of sadness and moments of pure joy will cause my eyes to spring a leak! My husband knows just when to look at me during a movie because he knows I'll be trying desperately to hold back the tears. Movies, music, pictures, books, and the people and things I see on a day to day basis can all have that affect on me at any given time. It doesn't happen always but it happens often enough.
It happened today during the movie, and it happened yesterday in the Walmart parking lot - Yes, the Walmart parking lot. I had just gotten to my car after picking up a few things and thought I'd peruse Facebook while waiting for my car to warm and traffic to slow. A friend of mine had liked a picture that had been posted and therefore, it showed up in my feed. The photograph was so beautiful - breathtaking really. It was of a mother holding her newborn baby in her arms right after giving birth. My emotions were stirred as I recalled my own experience. Then, I read the caption and I couldn't hold in the tears any longer. Below is the picture, and it's absolutely beautiful.
The photo was posted by Carrie Wilson Photography and the caption reads as follows:
This image I took of my cousin Stephanie holding her newborn miracle means the world to our family.As many of you know today has been dedicated to infant loss and miscarriage awareness. Stephanie has suffered two miscarriages that broke her heart and left her fearful that she would never be a mother.A lot of my tear provoking events are fictional - movies, music, and books. I am so thankful this photo was shared and shared again so that it ended up in my feed and I could be touched by it's humility and beauty.
I am happy to announce that after much pain, loss and suffering, today Stephanie finally received her little miracle. She sobbed, held her baby close and whispered, "I'm so happy you're alive" ;)
A verse comes to mind - Matthew 9:36: But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them... We cannot be expected to be compassionate until we have seen the needs of others, until we have been afforded a glimpse into their burdens and sorrows.
May we each, in our everyday lives, strive to consider the burdens and needs of others, show compassion instead of intolerance, and humility in place of judgment.
Thanks for reading.
January 1, 2013