This reflection was written on the evening of May 13th, 2020.
Today, my daughter was born.
I witnessed her birth, not at my wife’s side, but from my home. As the wifi signal hung on for dear life, I could hear the first cries of my second child- and I was, as you say, suddenly in love.
I was home with my oldest daughter as my wife and I made this calculated and painful decision to prevent the potential further infection of the COVID-19 virus. There were enough warning signs (ex. support partners for mothers are not screened for virus) that we chose one-on-one coverage with my wife taking on the “Jordan-esque” task of a c-section, alone. Expect an ESPN special on her heroic achievements in about 30 years.
The months, weeks, and days leading to this life-changing moment were not easy. At times, we had to remind ourselves to feel excited as the pandemic swallowed our community. While the flashing lights and blaring sirens flying past our home have lessened, we still know what is occurring in our hospital and what is likely to follow next month.
In all that I was prepared to feel this day, what I did not anticipate was that I was going to fall in love.
Yes, that is all I felt as the nurse held my daughter up to my wife’s iPhone. And as I soon saw her cuddle in her mother’s chest, I no longer felt the fear and anxiety of the pandemic and of the c-section. I just stood in awe from 9.1 miles away.
God knows what the future days and weeks will bring. We will surely do our best to keep our family safe. What I do know, is that on this day, there is life, and gift, and it will soon fully capture my home and heart.
As you likely know by now, I recently wrote a book titled, “Dreams Come True.” Well, my friends, this bundle of joy, her older sister, and my beloved wife are my greatest of dreams come true.
And while I will share them all the love that fills my soul, these little girls will teach me lessons of life and of the heart.
The greatest of lesson this day is what our new addition reminded me of: to keep my eyes open for God’s love.
I pray we all can bring this perspective into our tomorrows. From the birth of a child, to the kind gesture of a friend, to the listening ear of a trusted companion, to the settling of the sun into the darkness, love and miracles are abound.
It is through these eyes that we are meant to see the world.
A final thought:
When I woke up yesterday morning, my first thought was the Psalm: “This is the day the Lord has made, Rejoice and be Glad in it.” (118:24).
The Psalms are not usually my first thought- that tends to belong to the coffee that needs to quickly brew in the kitchen.
I consider this thought a gift, a gentle prayer that God rested in my heart on the day my baby was born. I pray that I will remember to rejoice and to be glad-even in the midst of a pandemic filled with fear and anxiety.
Thank you for all of your continued prayers and please join me in falling in love with all of God’s creation- especially, this little girl sent from heaven.