The gift of a Rose…

Gifts are wonderful things…They are practical symbols expressing the love, grace, fondness, affection, appreciation or gratitude of one to another.

Welcome to our precious time together dear friend…Easter is always a special time for me for some very important reasons, some may surprise you…

I have a new tea blend to try today Ginger, apple & lavender tea accompanied by a slice of moist gf Apple & Cinnamon cake with delicious lemon frosting.

I have set my dining table in tea party style for us, as Easter is a time for both reflecting & celebrating!

Now we are seated at our festive table,Β  I would like to share a story with you about a special gift I received 35 years ago at Easter.

red love garden plant

It was 1984 & it had been a difficult few years as we had lost my daughter Candy in 1982 & we had just had the 12 month anniversary of my son Benjamin’s death of 1983…their story briefly shared in Emotional processes…

I had also lost my closest friend, sixteen weeks before that Easter to a rare blood virus. We had met in the 7th Grade & had been best buddies since that first meeting, which was her intervening in a bullying episode I was experiencing (she was 5’10” tall in grade 7…the bully listened to her!).

So my grief was still very raw as that Easter season began. Good Friday’s solemnity for Christ’s death & sacrifice on the cross for us…had a new found meaning for me that year as never before.

But there was hope…I was also expecting the arrival of my 5th child, due eight weeks from that Easter, that was such a precious gift to look forward to.

However God had other plans…you see I hadn’t been feeling very well in the week leading up to Easter, which was of great concern to me having lost two children within a year of each other. I started to pray in earnest…

Later that evening I went into labor, I reasoned that this was not how it was supposed to go with my Heavenly Father! I pleaded with Him that I still had another eight weeks in my pregnancy (as if He didn’t know)…pleading with Him to please allow my child to stay in the womb to allow time for maturity of development…

On Easter Saturday afternoon my new little daughter was born, eight weeks premature (which was a serious issue back in 1984)… very much alive with unusually strong lungs & a head full of beautiful auburn hair. Her lungs were so mature in fact, that she had no need of the humidi crib the medical staff had in preparation! The obstetrician & pediatrician both called her a miracle!

We named her after my late dear friend, her name meant grace in Hebrew & coupled it with her mother’s name of Rosa (which means rose).

close up of pink indoors

I felt so relieved & overjoyed at this beautiful gift of His love & grace in this new little life, such a precious blessing from my Heavenly Father, who knew what it was like to go through the death of a child, His Son Jesus.

As the obstetrician examined the placenta, he found it was severely compromised, it had been in the process of dying…apparently it would not have sustained my child in the womb for another week!

Yes, His precious love & grace had intervened! God had been answering my prayers but in a way I had not understood at the time…an unexpected premature birth led to saving a precious new life!

On that easter Sunday morning of 1984, as the sun rose above the horizon in all its glory, I sat nursing my new little daughter remembering God’s Son Jesus who had also risen in glory…& I knew what that victorious new life in Him meant…

And that is the good news of the Easter message my friend, spiritual New Life through Jesus! He went through death on a cross…& rose to new life eternal…so that we too, may enter that same life today…

Jesus said…”I came that they may have life, & may have it abundantly. “

John 10:10b

What a precious gift of grace that is!

Until next time…you may enjoyΒ My story… click HERE

Jennifer

 

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  1. I love this precious story, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing it here. It reminds me of a specific Easter memory for me….March 26, 1967…at 6AM that morning my precious hubby stepped off a plane in OH after we had been apart for 14 months while he served military duty in South Vietnam and our first child was born. What an Easter gift that was and he got to meet our 8 month old son for the very first time.

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  2. Oh what a beautiful story of God’s perfect timing and grace! He certainly does hold every moment of our days within HIS hands. And, oh, what a precious memory you have every Easter now, rejoicing in the New Life that our Risen Savior brings! Blessings to you this Resurrection Sunday!

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  3. What a beautiful story, Jennifer! Easter is the perfect time for a gift of new life and I love how it showed God’s love and care over the details at a time when I’m sure you needed that reassurance. Easter blessings to you!

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  4. You’ve certainly weathered so many heartbreaking losses, Jennifer! I’m so sorry about that! But I’m glad that you are brave enough to share your story here and encouraged that God gave you the gift of your sweet daughter too! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Oh, Jennifer! I am so thankful you stopped by my blog and left such sweet encouragement! It is such a blessing to “meet” you and to read your words today. I am so sorry to hear of your deep, deep losses, and I am so thankful God sent you that precious little pre-mature baby girl to comfort you in your grief. I hope all continues to be well with you and with her today and trust you had a wonderful Easter. May God’s blessings continue to follow you!

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  6. What a beautiful story about your precious little blessing who was delivered the day before Easter! I have said this before, but I am so sorry for the loss of your two children within a year of each other. You are a strong woman! Your strength comes from God!

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  7. My daughter was born six weeks early. The placenta also died. She was 4 pounds when she was born. She was so tiny and still is today at almost 8 but she sure is a spitfire. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  8. Powerful story, Jennifer! So glad you invited me to read it from my guest post on Lyli Dunbar’s blog! Thankful your baby girl brought such hope and blessing into your life. Love this, “I sat nursing my new little daughter remembering God’s Son Jesus who had also risen in glory…& I knew what that victorious new life in Him meant…”

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  9. I’m a little late for Easter, but I just found your blog through Mary Geisen’s blog and thought I would drop by to see what you are sharing. Thank you for sharing your story. It is very touching and filled with such love. God is good, and so faithful. Isn’t it wonderful that He answers prayer in His own way and not the way we think He should? And now you are enjoying those grandchildren, an added gift and bonus which came because of that Easter Saturday years ago. May God continue to bless you abundantly.

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    1. Im glad you dropped by, the Easter blessing is year long in my books, so lovely to have a cuppa with you! You’re always welcome.
      Yes I agree I’m so glad He answers our prayers in His wisdom not ours. And your right the blessings of that Easter just keep on giving with my grandies πŸ˜€ my cup overflowth!
      Just like God’s blessing of that first Easter!

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    1. I’m so glad you dropped by Tammy. Yes, there is a special place in my heart for Candy & Benjamin but I know they’re in the arms of Jesus which is such a comfort to this mama’s heart.
      My lovely three gifts are the delight of my life! And these beautiful daughters have given me 7 more little gifts! God’s blessing just keeps on giving! πŸ˜€

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